Report by Paula Antolini, June 20, 2021, 8:11AM EDT
Biden’s older dog, “Champ”, has died.
“Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him,” read a Biden tweet.
Included was an Official Statement by the Bidens on June 19, 2021:
“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family.
Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub. Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us. He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden.
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In his younger days, he 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.
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. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”
Biden page on Twitter:
RECENT HISTORY OF BIDEN DOGS
On March 10, 2021, CNN Politics reported an “aggressive incident” in an article entitled, “Biden’s German Shepherd has aggressive incident and is sent back to Delaware,” and read in part, “The two German Shepherds belonging to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were returned to the Biden family home in Delaware last week after aggressive behavior at the White House involving Major Biden, two sources with knowledge tell CNN. Major … had what one of the people described as a ‘biting incident’ with a member of White House security. The exact condition of the victim is unknown, however, the episode was serious enough that the dogs were subsequently moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where they remain. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Major caused an injury to an unnamed individual.”
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“The person bitten by Major was a United States Secret Service agent, according to a Secret Service official,” also according CNN on March 10, 2021.
On March 30, 2021 Associated Press reported a second incident in an article entitled, “‘Major’ pain: Biden’s dog involved in 2nd biting incident” and read in part, “President Joe Biden’s younger dog Major this week was involved in his second biting incident of the month, the White House said Tuesday. The dog ‘nipped someone while on a walk’ on Monday, said Michael LaRosa, press secretary to first lady Jill Biden, adding that the dog ‘is still adjusting to his new surroundings.’ The individual was seen by the White House Medical Unit “out of an abundance of caution” and returned to work without injury, LaRosa added.”
“The White House dog Major has bitten again, just days after returning from training in Delaware following a similar incident earlier this month,” reported the BBC on March 31, 2021, “He’s a sweet dog,” President Joe Biden has said.
According to a CNN article on January 25, 2021 the Biden’s two German Shepard dogs, Champ and Major, first entered their new residence at the the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday, January 24, 2018. “Champ has been with the Biden family for more than 10 years — since December 2008, weeks after Biden became Barack Obama’s vice president-elect. Major, a shelter dog, joined the Biden family more recently. He was adopted in November 2018, months before Biden announced he would run for president in the 2020 election cycle.
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Major was adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA).
On April 21, 2021, the Guardian reported, “Major White House news: Biden’s dog to receive anti-biting training offsite.”
Politico writes, ” ‘It’s Not the Dog’: What’s Really Behind the White House Dog’s Biting Problem … What Major’s biting episodes tell us about White House workplace stress, the need for calm leadership and why dogs don’t dig the furry baby talk.
The article includes comments from many leading celebrity and expert dog trainers and prominent dog whisperers, such as Cesar Millan, who stated, “It’s not the dog.”
“It’s the place and the people around the dog,” the article reads, “And what’s going on with Major needs to get fixed, and it isn’t going to get fixed until what’s going on around Major gets fixed, too.”
Milan said, “What Major is saying is that he doesn’t feel safe yet. And if he doesn’t feel safe, he can’t trust. And if he can’t trust, he can’t feel calm,” according to Politico, “They don’t bite because they hate you. They don’t bite because they’re bored. There is an instability or instinctual thing that triggers them to do that,” Milan said.
“It’s a place full of tension,” Milan said, “What environment are you bringing your dogs in? It’s your responsibility. It’s not Major’s.”