The US White House has been without dogs for four years – that’s changing with Joe Biden

The White House has been without dogs for four years – that's changing with Joe Biden

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The White House has been without dogs for four years – that's changing with Joe Biden

The White House has been without dogs for four years – that’s changing with Joe Biden

Yes, after five days notice we finally have a president-elect. And with that news in hand, a couple of furry friends arrive: the dogs return to the White House.

President-elect Joe Biden will usher in two new first dogs when he moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. The White House (and the United States) has been without presidential dogs since 2016 when President Donald Trump became the first President without a dog in decades.

German Shepherds Major and Champ will accompany the Biden family to their new residence. Biden’s grandchildren gave Champ, 12, who joined the family in 2008, the name Biden Sr. used to use as an expression of affection.

The Bidens adopted Major two years ago.

Major is from a litter of six other German Shepherd puppies, who received “life-saving medical care” after exposure to “something toxic in their home,” a Delaware Humane Association news release said at the time. of adoption in 2018.

Major adopted the Bidens before being adopted to join his cub brother, Champ.

“We are very happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and many other animals,” Biden told CNN in 2018. (Biden has owned at least three other German Shepherds and had a Great Dane named Governor.)

This is not the first time the White House has had two dogs under its roof. More recently, Barack Obama had two first dogs under his administration: Bo and Sunny, Portuguese water dogs.

Bo, who was the family’s first dog, made headlines when the Obama family took him in. Sunny joined the Obama family four years later. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his beloved Fala terrier. President George H.W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniel Millie appeared on “The Simpsons.”

When asked about plans for a four-legged addition to the White House in 2017, Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, said in a statement: “The first family is still settling in, so there are no plans at this time. “.

“In the modern presidency, almost everyone has had a pet,” said Jennifer Pickens, a White House social expert who wrote “Pets in the White House.” Still, she noted, “not everyone necessarily had them at the beginning of the administration.”

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