Posted 3 months ago ago
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and his wife Jill, have paid tribute to their dog following his death over the weekend.
Champ - a 13-year-old German Shepherd - died ‘peacefully’ at the White House on Saturday.
President Biden posted a statement to Twitter, saying: “Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him.”
First Lady Dr Jill Biden also tweeted: "RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always."
Posting a photo of the elderly dog - who had a younger buddy at the White House in the Bidens’ other dog mischievous Major - the couple said: “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.
“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.”
Champ and Major are not the first dogs to enjoy living in the White House, though.
Ronald Regan had at least six dogs in his time in office, and George HW Bush had Millie the Springer Spaniel and her puppy, Ranger.
Bill Clinton’s canine companion was a chocolate Labrador called buddy, and George W Bush had two Scottish Terriers called Miss Beazley and Barney, and Spotty Fletcher, an English Springer Spaniel.
Donald Trump didn’t appear to have a four-legged member of the family, but Barack Obama had two Portuguese Water Dogs Bo and Sunny
Bo passed away in May 2021, aged 12, when Obama and his wife Michelle described him as a “true friend and loyal companion”.
Dogs really are man - and woman’s - best friend, no matter how high in public office they rise.