President and First Lady Biden's beloved German Shepherd, Champ has passed away

President and First Lady Biden's beloved German Shepherd, Champ has passed away

President and First Lady Biden's beloved German Shepherd, Champ has passed away

Major had to be briefly removed from the premises after two incidents of nipping staff on White House grounds.

Champ and a second German Shepherd, a rescue named Major, had moved to the White House with the Bidens in January. The Trump family did not have any domestic animals.

Joe and Jill Biden have announced their family dog Champ has died, saying "our hearts are heavy today".

The couple said the dog's strength had waned in his final months and that he passed away peacefully at home.

Netizens poured out their condolences over the Biden family.

The Bidens had Champ - a German Shepherd, living with them since 2008, when Joe Biden was serving as the US Vice President under Barack Obama.

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. The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Delaware. The family adopted him eight months later.

Major was in the news in March for reportedly twice biting people in the White House. They starred in a Christmas video greeting from the Bidens, and were the subject of a children's book, "Champ and Major: First Dogs". Major caused Biden to suffer a foot injury in November, after the then-president-elect tripped over the younger dog while they were playing.

The Bidens had prepared Champ for a life in the spotlight, enlisting a DE trainer, Mark Tobin, to teach him how to handle the plane rides, noises and crowds that a then-second dog might encounter. "She is waiting in the wings", Jill Biden said in April.

President Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office in February. The president said he drew inspiration for his name from his father, who would tell him, "Any time you get knocked down, champ - get up!"

The First Lady also paid tribute to the pet, tweeting: "RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ".

"You can call us #DOTUS".

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