who I already told you about. You probably remember that the older Bushes owned Millie, the springer spaniel who had a litter of puppies in the White House and who also wrote a best-selling book. Well, when the younger George Bush got to be president in 2001, he still had one of Millie's puppies, who was named Spot Fletcher, and she moved back into the White House, where she had first been born. Spot Fletcher was named after Scott Fletcher, who was the shortstop of the Texas Rangers when Mr. George W. Bush used to own the team. And even though Spot Fletcher sounds kind of like a boy's name, the dog it belonged to was really a girl.
After that, there were just two pets in the White House, Barney and India, the cat. India was a totally black cat that the Bush family adopted when she was a kitten in 1990. At that time, the Bush daughters were 9 years old. India lived in the Texas governor's mansion, and then she lived in the White House, so she had some pretty nice places to live in.
India did not get to be as famous with the press and the American people as Barney did, but she did show up in some of the videos that were made of the Scotty. On January 4, 2009, India died at the White House, when she was 18 years old. The First Lady said, "India was a beloved member of the Bush family for almost two decades. She will be greatly missed."
Anyway, everyone in the White House got kind of grumpy in 2008 when President Bush and the Republicans weren't very popular anymore, and the Democrats won the election. Barney was so grouchy that he bit a couple of people. The first person he bit was the public relations director for the Boston Celtics, Heather Walker. He bit her on the wrist and broke the skin, so she had to get all bandaged up.