Joe and Jill Biden announce death of ‘beloved’ dog Champ

Joe and Jill Biden announce death of 'beloved' dog Champ
Champ had been with the Bidens for 13 years. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden and his wife First Lady Jill Biden have announced the death of their “beloved” German Shepherd Champ, who had been with the couple for 13 years.

President Biden wrote on Twitter: “Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him.”

Champ was one of two German Shepherds living at the White House with the President, alongside Major.

The dog had also lived in Washington when Mr Biden was vice-president.

In the statement, the Bidens added: “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.”

The statement added: “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.”

In his younger days, when Mr Biden was the US vice-president, Champ 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”, Biden and his wife said.

The arrival of Major and Champ, a three-year old rescue dog the Bidens adopted in 2018, marked the return of pets to the White House after a hiatus under former President Donald Trump.

In March this year, Major was in the news for reportedly twice biting people in the White House.

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