The media establishment made a big deal that President Joe Biden is a dog owner, in contrast to former President Donald Trump, and how the White House would proudly play host to his pair of German shepherds, Champ and Major.
Less than two months into Biden’s term, however, it appears that things aren’t working out so well with the dogs, as they were reportedly shipped back to the Biden home in Delaware following a “biting incident” at the White House, TheBlaze reported.
The incident reportedly involved Major, a 3-year-old rescue dog adopted by the Bidens in 2018, who was described as being far more “aggressive” and energetic than Biden’s older dog, Champ, who is roughly 13-years-old.
The “biting incident”
The removal of the dogs from the White House followed a “biting incident” with a member of the security team, later identified as a U.S. Secret Service agent, NBC News reported. A Secret Service official told the outlet that “No skin was broken,” and that the injury was “extremely minor.”
However, Major has reportedly “been known to display agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and ‘charging’ at staff and security.”
Given that the two dogs seem to get along with each other — Major was adopted specifically to be a younger companion for the aging Champ — it was decided that both of the dogs needed to remain together.
Dogs allowed to “roam unleashed”
The New York Times reported that it actually wasn’t unusual for the dogs to be shuttled back-and-forth between Delaware and the White House. Being sent home is reportedly a typical occurrence whenever First Lady Jill Biden is away from the presidential residence for more than a day or so.
While at the White House, the dogs were reportedly permitted to “roam unleashed” around the entire complex with very few rules in place regarding their behavior or off-limits areas.
Further, The Times noted that this banishment of the dogs back to Delaware was unlikely to be permanent, at least as per remarks from White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who suggested that they would return to Washington “soon.”
Dogs are “still getting acclimated”
Asked about the “biting incident” during Tuesday’s press briefing, Psaki said the dogs “are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people.”
“And, on Monday, the First Family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House Medical Unit with no further treatment needed,” she continued.
“It had been previously planned already for the dogs to be cared for by family friends in Delaware during Dr. Biden’s travels to military bases this week — she has a three-day trip this week — and the dogs will return to the White House soon,” Psaki added.