Photos: Major and Champ, the New First Dogs, Arrive at the White House

by Halle Ames

Probably the most important news coming out of the White House today is that the First Dogs, Major, and Champ have arrived at their new home. 

The two precious pups will take their place as the First Dogs of the White House starting Sunday, January 24– really making the House a home. 

ABC reporter Kenneth Moton tweeted about the news while also sharing four pictures of the German Shepards, Major, and Champ. 

“Just in: The First Dogs arrived at the @WhiteHouse Sunday, including Major, the first rescue dog ever to live in the White House. According to @FLOTUS’ office, “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn.” #firstdogs

Michael LaRosa, press secretary for First Lady Jill Biden, said the family wanted to get settled into their new house before bringing the canines from Delaware to Washington. According to CNN, it is a long-standing tradition to bring your pets with you to the White House. However, Donald Trump never owned any pets while in office. 

The two German Shepherds hold a special place in the hearts of the Biden family. Champ had been part of the family since December of 2008 when Joe Biden was named Barack Obama’s Vice President-elect. 

First Dog Major Biden- From Wags to Riches

In November of 2018, right after Biden announced he would run for president, the family traveled to the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, where Major was waiting for his forever home. Major is the first shelter dog to ever call the White House home. 

Started at the shelter, now we here! Congrats to First Dog and DHA alumnus Major Biden! 🇺🇸🎉

Posted by Delaware Humane Association on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

On Sunday, January 17, the shelter supported their previous resident by hosting their own “Indoguration” for Major Biden. All money raised from the event went to the DHA to “help support the shelter’s vital pet and pet owner community services.” In addition, the funds would “help more shelter animals like Major find their forever homes and spread awareness about the need to help pet owners who are financially struggling to care for their pets.”

We encourage everyone to donate to the Delaware Humane Association here or any animal shelter near you! 

Although Major is the first shelter dog in the White House, he isn’t the first rescue. “Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Luci, rescued a mixed-breed pup abandoned by his owner at a gas station in Texas named Yuki. Former President Bill Clinton’s family cat, Socks, was also a rescue.”

Congrats, Major and Champ, this seems like a win everyone can get on board with!