Members of President Joe Biden's family are mourning the loss of their German shepherd, Champ, who died "peacefully at home", the president and first lady said in a statement Saturday.
Champ, the older of the Biden family's two dogs, has died "peacefully at home", USA president Joe Biden has said.
"He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family", Biden and first lady Jill Biden said.
In their statement, the Bidens described how, even as Champ grew weaker in recent months, he would pull himself up when they entered a room, "his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub". "So I wanted a German shepherd", Biden said on ABC's "This Week" in December 2008.
Champ lived with the Bidens when the current president served as vice president and spent his days, "chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory".
Champ, they said, had been with the family during their "most joyful moments" and "most grief-stricken days". We truly appreciate your trust and support! Jill Biden had promised the family could get a dog post-election, according to Politico.
The White House will be a little quieter when the Bidens return from DE to Washington, D.C., after the passing of their beloved German shepherd, Champ Biden. Champ has been living with the Bidens since 2008 and was reportedly named by the president's granddaughters.
"I've had German shepherds my - from the time I was a kid".
The canine duo have their own Instagram account @first_dogs_usa and there's also a Twitter account for @TheOvalPawffice - which also mentions the First Grand-cat Winston. Biden announced Champ's death on June 19.
"You can call us #DOTUS". We are the Bidens' family puppers and First Dogs Elect (s) of USA.
The extent of the injury to the security staff was not immediately known. The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Delaware.
The White House insisted the dogs were well behaved and would return to Washington after a brief stint in Delaware.