Before there was Barney or Miss Beasley in the role of beloved Bush family dogs, there was India the cat. She died Sunday at the ripe old age of 18 years of age. She is reported to have died at the White House after months of failing health.
India was a black American shorthair. She grew up with the Bush twins and Barbara is credited with naming her after the Texas Rangers baseball star, Ruben "El Indio" Sierra. President Bush was one of the team's owners at the time. The cat also went by the names "Kitty" and "Willie". She wasn't a publicity hog like Barney, with his Barney Cam. She preferred to sleep under a bed.
Her favorite room, according to the White House Web site was the White House library. Her favorite food was tuna-flavored kitty treats.