Sad news this past week that Socks the Cat is nearing the end of his ninth life. I was surprised to see the news, since I'd read a false report several years ago that he'd died shortly after Clinton left office. Instead he's had a long, peaceful retirement and is now nineteen -- about the same age Parker would be if he were still with us.
So, fare well Presidential Cat; go easy into that good night.
see here for an account of Sock's life in retirement after his abandonment by the Clintons and adoption by Bettie Currie:
and here for the news of his current condition:
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