Bidens beloved German Shepherd ‘Champ’ dies
Published: 01:06 PM, 20 June 2021
Champ had joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in December 2008
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have announced on Saturday that their "beloved" German Shepherd Champ, who had been with them for 13 years, has died.
"Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him," President Biden wrote on Twitter.
Champ was one of two German Shepherds living at the White House with the Bidens, alongside Major. He had also lived in Washington when Biden was vice-president.
"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 Bidens said in a statement.
"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," they said.
In his younger days, when Joe Biden was vice-president, Champ 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 Bidens said.
Champ had joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in December 2008, weeks after Biden had become vice president-elect.
The Bidens also have another German Shepherd named Major, a 3-year-old pup they adopted in November 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Major was in the news in March for reportedly twice biting people in the White House.