President announces new puppy in the White House, and plans for a first cat

There will soon be a couple of major changes in President Joe Biden’s White House as far as who occupies the building.

According to People, the president on Monday introduced a new puppy, “Commander,” who will soon take up residence with the first family in the White House. The president shared a sneak peek at the young pup doing puppy things upon his first meeting with his new family. 

Commander will replace Major, the rescue German Shepard that, until recently lived at the White House with the Biden family. Major was reportedly “rehomed” with close family friends of the Bidens, and will likely be well taken care of for the rest of his doggone life.

According to a spokesperson for Jill Biden, Commander “is a male, pure-bred German shepherd born in September who arrived at the White House on Monday afternoon. He was a birthday gift from Joe Biden’s brother James and James’ wife, Sara,” as People noted.

Champ, the other German Shepard who briefly lived with the Bidens in the White House, suddenly passed away earlier this year at the age of 13. While Champ never received much in the way of negative press, Major, on the other hand, generated headlines on several occasions after it was reported that the dog had bitten several people, including a U.S. Secret Service agent.

“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the First Family has decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends,” a spokesperson said of Major’s rehoming.

According to the Intelligencer, the Biden’s will soon welcome a cat to the White House, though details of the new addition haven’t yet been released. It’s only known at this time that the cat’s arrival will come sometime next year, as it currently lives with a foster family.

The pets in the White House come after four years of the White House being pet-free under former President Donald Trump.