By Gina Spadafori
December 18, 2008
Socks Clinton is one of the best presidental pets ever, in my not-so-humble opinion. The Clintons, for whatever else their strengths and weaknesses — and there are many of both –Â never seemed to be animal-lovers, and to be honest I was glad when Socks went to live with someone who loves and cares for him — former White House secretary Betty Currie.
There was an evident bond between Ms. Currie and the photogenic tuxedo cat, and the fact that he has made it toÂ almost 18Â speaks volumes of the level of care he has received.
Unfortunately, time may be running out for Socks. From our friend Dan Childs of ABC News:
As media attention is centered on the rise of a new presidential administration, some may overlook one Clinton-era figure who may be facing the cancer battle of his life.
Socks, who held the post of White House cat during owner Bill Clinton’s eight-year presidency, has received a cancer diagnosis. And as he approaches his 18th birthday, the disease may be further cause to predict that his days are numbered.
Dan touched base with us a couple days ago. He talked to our Dr. Becker, and Dr. B and I both pointed him to Dr. Greg Ogilvie, a brilliant and compassionate veterinary oncologist.
Ogilvie said cancer is the most curable chronic disease in cats. As long as cancer is detected early and treated promptly, cats can often bounce back.
But he said that, in Socks’ case, the Curries are wise to consider the old animal’s quality of life.
“No matter what treatment is chosen, quality of life is first and foremost,” he said.
And he added that, even as Socks faces a tough cancer diagnosis, he is inspired by the way many cats deal with the disease on a daily basis.
“One thing that I see each and every day is how much we learn from our kitties with cancer,” he said. “Kitties don’t allow myths and misperceptions about cancer to cloud their living every day. They’re a good role model.”
As for Socks, [family friend and Presidential historian Barry]Â Landau said the former feline in chief is spending his final days living in the moment.
And that’s a good lesson for us all.