US President Joe Biden has released a statement following death of their German shepherd, Champ, who on Saturday June 19, died at the age of 13.
Champ was one of two German Shepherds living with the Biden family at the White House. He lived alongside Major, who the Bidens adopted in November 2018 and became the first rescue dog to live in the White House.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” a statement from the White House said.
“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.”