Bidens announce their dog Champ has died

Marco Green
June 20, 2021

The White House will be a little quieter when the Bidens return from DE to Washington, D.C., after the passing of their beloved German shepherd, Champ Biden.

Champ became a member of the Biden family after the 2008 election.

Major and Champ were taken home to DE at one point, and Major went through training after the younger dog had two separate biting incidents at the White House and an unknown dog appeared to have pooed in a White House hallway. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family.

The president and first lady have another German shepherd named Major, a rescue dog they adopted in 2018.

The White House insisted the dogs were well behaved and would return to Washington after a brief stint in Delaware. The dog and its "sibling" Major moved to the White House along with the Bidens, reviving a longstanding tradition for USA presidents to keep their pets at their residence.

Major had displayed "agitated behaviour on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and "charging" at staff and security", according to CNN.

In their statement, the Bidens described how, even as Champ grew weaker in recent months, he would pull himself up when they entered a room, "his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub". The Bidens' had him for the past 13 years, CNN reports.

They went on to reflect on happier memories, adding: "Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us".

In their statement, the family reflected on Champ's younger days and said the large dog enjoyed chasing golf balls and running after the Bidens' grandchildren.

Champ was one of two German shepherds owned by the Biden family. Major caused Biden to suffer a foot injury in November, after the then-president-elect tripped over the younger dog while they were playing. 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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