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Champ, Presidential Pet German Shepherd, Dies at 13

  • June 20, 2021

Major was recently sent for training after a series of biting episodes.

Mr. Trump was the first president in more than a century not to have a pet of any kind, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.

The Biden family got Champ in 2008 from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. The Bidens named the puppy Champ in a tribute to Mr. Biden’s father, who would tell his son, “Get up, champ,” when life was challenging.

Champ was a gentle dog who as a puppy chased golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory and loved running after the Bidens’ grandchildren, the Bidens said.

As he grew older, he would curl up at the Bidens’ feet in front of a fireplace.

“Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last days, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging,” the Bidens said. “Everything was instantly better when he was next to us.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/us/politics/champ-biden-dog-dies.html

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