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It is hard to not be excited by a coming political landmark in our country. Major Biden, the 2-year-old rescued German Shepard from the Delaware Humane Association, will make history as the first dog from a shelter to call the White House home. Accompanied by his brother, a 12-year-old Shepard named Champ, these pups will bring back a tradition of presidential dogs that has been absent during this past term. Pets have been the trusted companions of American presidents dating back to George Washington, with 30 of the 45 presidents being pet parents.
President Biden has trained German Shepherds before, so it is no surprise he is drawn to this sharp, handsome, large breed. Acquiring Champ, lovingly named by President Biden’s grandchildren, was a fulfilled promise to Dr. Jill Biden after winning the vice presidency with President Obama in 2008. Major, the rescue pup, was adopted by the Biden family in 2018. It is clear that both of the first dogs are beloved by the Presidental family. They starred in campaign commercials, are the subject of many tweets of the President, and were the center of the Biden Christmas video this year. President Biden has even talked about his companions in interviews with the media, most famously in a 60 Minute interview in 2015 where Champ sits loyally next to Biden for the entirety of the interview. As the interview wraps, Biden asks Champ if he’d “like to go golf?” and the dog barks in excitement. It’s endearing moments like these that highlight the bond between pets and their humans. The job title of President in a country that seems so divided cannot be an easy task, but President Biden will have the emotional and loving support of his loyal pups by his side! Is there a swearing-in for the First Pet? I’d love to tune in to that.