RIP India, sister to Scotties Barney and Miss Beasley


India, the feline sister of President Bush’s Scottish Terriers, has died at the age of 18. She’s shown above with Miss Beasley.

In its obituary, the Houston Chronicle wrote:

It’s hard being a cat in a dog’s world.

The Bush family’s 18-year-old cat India, who died Sunday at the White House, was overshadowed by the first family’s high-profile (and high maintenance) Scottish terriers.

Barney had the Barney Cam, a publicity-generating machine that his feline cousin couldn’t match. Miss Beazley had the affection of the first lady and always got good press.

Bad boy Barney made worldwide headlines by biting a Reuters reporter in the Rose Garden. India never made CNN, Fox News or YouTube, choosing instead to nap under the nearest bed.

India — named in honor of a Texas Rangers baseball star, Ruben “El Indio” Sierra — even earned several aliases (or, should we say, presidential nicknames), including “Kitty” and “Willie.” But unlike Barney and Miss Beazley, she remained in the shadows of a dog-dominated White House.

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