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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – President Joe Biden announced Saturday that Champ, the elder of the family’s two dogs, had died “peacefully at home.” The German Shepherd was 13.
“He has been our constant and valued companion for the past 13 years and has been adored by the entire Biden family,” said Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in a statement posted on the President’s official Twitter account. The Bidens spend the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Bidens got Champ from a breeder after Biden was elected Vice President in 2008. Champ was a fixture in both the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory and the White House. In their statement, the Bidens said that when Champ was young, he was “happiest chasing golf balls in the front yard of the Naval Observatory” and that recently he has been enjoying “accompanying or comforting us at meetings basking in the sun “. White House garden. “
“In our happiest moments and in our saddest days, he was with us, sensitive to each of our unspoken feelings and emotions,” said the Bidens.
Champ’s death leaves the Bidens with their younger German Shepherd Major, whom the family adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018.
The Bidens could occasionally walk their two dogs on the South Lawn of the White House, and the dogs sometimes accompanied the President on trips to Camp David or on house calls in Delaware.
Major has made headlines for his bad behavior in the past. Major caused Biden a foot injury in November after the then-president-elect tripped over the younger dog while playing. Major and Champ were taken home to Delaware at some point, and Major went to school after the younger dog in the White House had two separate biting incidents and an unidentified dog appeared to poop in a White House hallway.
Champ, who in recent months showed his age in his graying fur and slower gait, was often a calmer figure.
The Bidens are expected to bring a cat to the White House soon to join the family.
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