Bidens announce death of ‘beloved’ German Shepherd Champ

Cornelia Mascio
Июня 20, 2021

The dog and its "sibling" Major moved to the White House along with the Bidens, reviving a longstanding tradition for United States presidents to keep their pets at their residence.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have announced the passing of their "beloved" German Shepherd Champ, who had been with them for 13 years.

The Bidens got Champ as a puppy in 2008, shortly before they moved into the vice president's official residence at the Naval Observatory.

Major had displayed "agitated behaviour on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and "charging" at staff and security", according to CNN.

In their statement, the Bidens said that when Champ was young "he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory", and that more recently he enjoyed "joining us as a comforting presence in meetings or sunning himself in the White House garden".

"I've had German shepherds my - from the time I was a kid".

Major was fostered by the Bidens in March 2018 from the Delaware Humane Society - the U.S. equivalent of the RSPCA. The family adopted him eight months later.

The Bidens could occasionally be seen walking their two dogs on the White House South Lawn, and the dogs sometimes would join the president on trips to Camp David or visits home in Delaware.

He had also lived in Washington when Mr Biden was vice-president. "So that's what I've been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm", she said.

Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, said that Major received some extra training while in DE to help him get adjusted to his new surroundings.

Joe shared the same statement on his Twitter account, and captioned the post: "Our family lost our loving companion Champ today". Then-Vice President Biden purchased the German Shepard as a gift to his wife after Obama won the 2008 presidential election.

"We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always", the President and first lady said. "We will miss you always".

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