While 13 is a ripe old age for a dog like Champ, the death of any beloved pet is one that came far too soon. The White House published a statement from President Joe Biden and the First Lady. In it, they tout all of their good boy’s favorite hobbies.
Champ loved chasing balls, nipping at President Joe Biden’s grandchildren’s heels, and of course, catching a quick nap by the fire. It’s hard to overstate the impact that a dog can have at times. They can be an incredible source of comfort, and that loss is not easily replaced.
“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 belly rub,” the statement from The White House reads. “Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us.”
It sounds like Champ was the consummate canine. Always wanting to be involved in the fun and even more loving when he sensed that there wasn’t any fun to be had. Whatever we did to deserve dogs is beyond us, but they often contribute to brightening up any day.
Champ Biden was There During the Worst of Times for President Joe Biden
“In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion,” the statement continued. “We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”
The emotional tribute offered by President Joe Biden and the First Lady speaks to what dogs can mean to us. There isn’t much solace to be found at times like these. But the Biden’s have Champ’s brother, Major, to provide some comfort.
And Major, a German Shepherd himself, is a dog that represents those same grief-stricken days the statement references. He is named after the rank of President Joe Biden’s late son, Beau. And the 3-year old pup made history in his own way.
After being adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018, Major became the first rescue dog to call The White House home when President Joe Biden took office. That was big news for those dog lovers who don’t look very favorably on commercial breeding.
Major has his work cut out for him in the coming days and weeks following his brother’s passing. He’s going to be working overtime on snuggle duty.
We don’t take the loss of a beloved dog lightly here at Outsider. And we want to offer our sincere condolences to the entire Biden family.
Rest easy, Champ.