A faithful companion, a national treasure, a sad death
WCNN - Reporter
August 11, 2014
For years "Henny", as he was known by family, friends, and those in government close to Ford called him, was by Ford's side guiding him and comforting him when the going got rough. Henny was said to have hidden for a week when Ford passed on the 26th of December 2006.
For weeks the cat, Henny, was depressed, until finally the V.A. stepped in and sought grief counseling for the cat placing the needs of Henny above those of other military vets. The V.A. released a statement shortly after the shocking news broke nation-wide "We are deeply sorry to report the loss of an American treasure, a national treasure, and close friend: Chrysler Henry Renault known as Henny by those close to him." "Our heart-felt wishes go out to Michael, John, Steven, and Susan for the loss of Henny - we all know you kids were close to him." Michael, John, Steven, and Susan are Gerald and Betty's children.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Henny - a national treasure - and the true backbone of former president Gerald R. Ford, the 36th president of the United States of America. We have now proclaimed a week of paid leave - for mourning - to all government employees, and officially marked August 11th as 'Henny Day' - a now national holiday."
Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell all made personal phone calls to the Ford family expressing their condolences.
A sad day we, as a nation, won't soon forget.