Politics aside, President Joe Biden and his family started Father’s Day weekend on a brutally sad note.
That’s because, according to the Washington Examiner, the family’s loyal and furry companion of over a decade, Champ, passed away “peacefully at home” at the age of 13. The German Shepard, who was often seen in official photos, was the family’s eldest pet.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden released a statement after news of Champ’s passing hit the headlines in which they fondly recalled memories of the dog playing with their grandchildren in the backyard.
Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him. pic.twitter.com/sePqXBIAsE
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 19, 2021
“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,” the Biden’s wrote.
Champ was the first of the Bidens’ two German Shepards to move into the White House. Shortly after Champ arrived, their other dog, Major, took up residence. Not long after, the dogs were temporarily sent back to the president’s Delaware home after Major was involved in several biting incidents.
After a round of special obedience schooling, the dogs soon returned to the White House.
“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 Bidens wrote.
While Champ’s passing is saddening, at least the family can take comfort in knowing that all good boys like Champ go to Heaven.