One of the first dogs died.
On Saturday June 19, President Joe Biden announced that his dog, Champ, had died at the home. The German Shepherd was thirteen years old.
“He was our constant and cherished companion for the past 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” the president wrote in a statement shared by the official POTUS Twitter account.
He revealed that despite losing his strength in his final days, he stood up to greet the family by wagging his tail. He loved to scratch his ears, rub his stomach and end his days curled up in front of the fireplace. He frequently took the sun in the garden of the White House and even attended some meetings.
“In his youth he was happiest chasing golf balls on the lawn of the Naval Observatory or running to catch our grandchildren as they ran in our backyard in Delaware,” continues the press release. “In our happiest times and in our saddest days, he was there with us, sensitive to all of our unexpressed feelings and emotions.
“RIP to our sweet, sweet boy, Champ. We will always miss you,” added First Lady Dr Jill Biden.
Joe promised his wife that if he won the 2008 presidential election with former President Barack Obama, they would adopt a dog. They adopted Field from a Pennsylvania breeder.
The Bidens also adopted a 3 year old German Shepherd named Major. He became the first rescued dog in White House history.