The Biden family suffered a tragic loss over the weekend.
President Joe Biden announced Saturday that his 13-year-old German shepherd dog, Champ, had died, the Daily Caller reported.
“Our family lost our loving companion Champ today,” Biden wrote in a tweet. “I will miss him.”
“Our hearts are heavy”
Biden attached to his tweet a statement from himself and his wife, Jill, on Champ’s passing.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” the statement read, according to Fox News. “He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family.”
The Bidens went on to recount how Champ, despite weakening with old age in recent months, would “immediately pull himself up,” with his “tail wagging,” whenever one of the family members entered the room.
“Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us,” the pair wrote. “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.”
They concluded: “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 Biden family dogs
Champ was one of Bidens’ two German shepherds. The other, 3-year-old Major, was adopted in 2018 as a rescue, according to Fox. Biden has had Champ since 2008.
Biden brought both Champ and Major to the White House after he was inaugurated. In March, both of the dogs were taken back to Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, in what was later described officially as a pre-planned trip.
Prior to that, however, reports revealed that Major had bitten a member of the White House staff, and had been showing aggression toward others. There were no reports of Champ acting up.
The elder dog’s recent death is one issue where we can certainly put politics aside. There are few things in life that hurt more than losing one’s long-time companion.