The White House announced Saturday that the Bidens’ 13-year-old German Shepherd Champ passed away peacefully at home.
“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” a statement released on Twitter said.
Champ was a beloved long-time companion for the first family who was with President Biden and the family during his time as Vice President in the Obama administration as well.
The Bidens adopted their other dog Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice president.
In January Champ joined the rest of the family as he and Major became the first pets to live at the White House since the Obama administration.
President Biden’s statement Saturday said of Champ’s final days, “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,”
“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” the president’s statement said.