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Socks Is About To Cross The Rainbow Bridge

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 15, 2008

Sad news about Betty Currie’s best friend:

Socks the cat, probably the most photographed presidential kitty in history, has cancer and isn’t expected to live. “His days are numbered,” says Barry Landau, a friend of Socks’ master, Betty Currie. Landau, a presidential historian and author of The President’s Table, tells our Suzi Parker that the Currie family could have put Socks on feeding tubes, but decided against it. “They fear he is too old,” adds Landau, who is writing a book on presidential inaugurations. And a second source told us that Socks is gravely ill.


In recent years, Socks has been hanging out at Currie’s Hollywood, Md., home and sometimes making guest appearances. But since we last wrote about Socks, his conditions have worsened and included weight loss and kidney problems. Southern Maryland Newspapers Online did a wonderful story about this last year, quoting Currie’s husband Bob saying what lots of us pet owners say: Socks “lives better than I do.”

Ave atque vale, Socks! You will be missed.

5 Responses to “Socks Is About To Cross The Rainbow Bridge”

  1. Charles said

    At least 17 years old is a goodly age.

  2. Stormcrow said

    I read the South Maryland News piece a few months ago, and was afraid of this. The weight loss in an older cat is a red flag. And there were also the kidney issues.

    Add an active cancer to the list and you have a little guy on the banana peel.

  3. MEC said

    I’m saddened by this news, even though Socks has had a long life. I hope Chelsea has a chance to visit him and say goodbye. She was his first catstaff.

  4. Ollie Ox said

    Poor baby. My last few cats have lived about that long and it was sad to say good bye.

  5. Here’s a picture of Socks and Betty Currie at Andrews Air Force Base in October of 2004:

    Look at how big he is! And not fat, either — just a big, rangy tom.

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