Saturday 19th June 2021
He will “always be missed”
Bidens mourn their sheepdog Champ
With the incumbent US President Joe Biden, two dogs moved into the White House in January. Now the Biden family announces that one of the two has died. Her beloved German Shepherd Champ fell asleep peacefully at home.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden mourn one of their two dogs. “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you today that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” said Biden in a message distributed by the White House. “He has been our constant valued companion for the past 13 years and has been revered by the entire Biden family.” Champ accompanied the family through ups and downs. “He was with us in our happiest moments and on our most sorrowful days.” Champ will “always be missed”.
The presidential family has another German Shepherd named Major. Major caused a stir in March when he bit a member of Biden’s security team, according to a CNN report. The White House had spoken of a “minor injury”. Major and Champ had then spent a few days at the Biden home in Delaware. Major received “additional training” according to a spokesman for the First Lady. President Biden said in an interview that Major was a “cute dog” who only got a fright when two strangers suddenly appeared around a corner. He stressed that he had by no means banned “Major” from the White House.
Regarding the now deceased sheepdog Champ, the Bidens said: “Even when Champ’s strength waned in his last months, he straightened up as soon as we entered a room, always wagging his tail and snuggling up to us, scratching his ears or to have the belly stroked. Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was immediately better when he was with us. ” Champ loved curling up in front of the fireplace or sunbathing in the White House garden. With the Bidens, dogs moved into the White House again in January after four animalless years under Donald Trump.