Champ, a German shepherd who helped restore the time-honored presidential custom of getting a pet on the White House, died on Saturday.
Champ was 13, and “died peacefully at home,” President Biden and Jill Biden, the primary woman, said on Twitter.
“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,” they stated. “We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”
The Biden household’s different German shepherd, Major, started roaming the White House in January, after a four-year hiatus of pets within the government residence in the course of the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
Major was just lately sent for training after a collection of biting episodes.
Mr. Trump was the primary president in additional than a century to not have a pet of any variety, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence on the Presidential Pet Museum, stated.
The Biden household obtained Champ in 2008 from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vp, according to Politico. The Bidens named the pet Champ in a tribute to Mr. Biden’s father, who would inform his son, “Get up, champ,” when life was difficult.
Champ was a delicate canine who as a pet chased golf balls on the entrance garden of the Naval Observatory and liked operating after the Bidens’ grandchildren, the Bidens stated.
As he grew older, he would curl up on the Bidens’ ft in entrance of a hearth.
“Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last days, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging,” the Bidens stated. “Everything was instantly better when he was next to us.”