The German Shepherd has lived with Joe and Jill Biden for 13 years. The dog “died peacefully at home,” said the first lady of the United States.
The dog of US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, named Champ, died in the White House. This is reported by the first lady of the United States on Twitter on Saturday.
“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. 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. 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,” the statement said.
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Note that the dog lived in the Biden family for 13 years.
RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always. pic.twitter.com/63hXXp8W9P— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 19, 2021
Champ was one of two dogs the Bidens brought to the White House after Inauguration Day in January. Their other German shepherd, Major, a rescue dog they adopted in 2018, made headlines in the spring for poor behavior at the White House.
Both dogs were temporarily moved out of the White House in March after Major bit a Secret Service agent. They returned weeks later, after which Major was involved in another biting incident. At the time, a press secretary for Jill Biden blamed the incidents on Major “still adjusting to his new surroundings.”
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.
Jill Biden had also previously said the family would be welcoming a cat, though it was unclear when the feline would make its first appearance.