Bidens announce their German Shepard Champ passed away
21:03, 19 June 2021
US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden announced on Saturday that their "beloved" 13-year old German Shepard, Champ, had passed away just months after residing at the White House, Bidens released an official joint statement on the loss.
"Adored" by the entire First Family as the "constant, cherished companion" First dog Champ died peacefully at home.
"Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub. Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us", Bidens wrote, saying that their hearts were heavy.
Champ and another German Shepard rescue dog Major moved from their home at One Observatory Circle in Washington DC to the White House along with President's family, according to a longstanding tradition.
"He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden. In his younger days, he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware", the statement continues.
"In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always".
Recently the Biden’s dogs were sent home to Delaware following a 'biting incident' with Major involved but returned to the White House until today. Biden's pets were the first dogs who turned up living in the White House since Obamas moved out in 2017. Previous residents did not have any domestic animals. Trump considered that the notion of getting a dog seemed "phony" to him.
Twitter netizens offered their condolences over Biden's loss.
Biden purchased Champ as a three-month-old puppy from a Pennsylvania breeder in 2008 when he was elected vice president under Barack Obama's administration. Major was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in November 2018, when the dog turned eight months.