President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden announced on Saturday the death of Champ, their “constant, cherished companion,”
In a statement issued by the White House, the Bidens said Champ “passed away peacefully at home” at the age of 13.
“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” they said.
“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.”
Champ, they said, had been the family’s staunch companion during their “most joyful moments” and “most grief-stricken days.”
“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” the President and first lady concluded.
Champ and Major, the Bidens’ second German Shepard, returned to the White House in late March after Major got some training following a biting incident.
Jill Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa, claimed Major was trained after snapping at someone in the White House earlier that month.
Joe Biden termed Major after the event “a lovely canine Eighty-five percent of those present adore him. He does nothing but lick them and wag his tail.”
But, just a few days later, Major was back in the dog house due to another biting incident.