All comfy in their new home, "Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn."
Four days after Joe Biden was sworn in as the country's president, the first dogs galloped into the White House to bring back the sound of running paws and echoing barks after four pet-free years at the residence.
The Bidens ensured that they were all settled in before bringing their pooches, Champ and Major to their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
"The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware," first lady Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa told CNN. "Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn."
Earlier in February, the first dogs posed for a photoshoot alongside President Biden as he beamed inside the Oval Office.
Another picture taken from the White House captured Biden sitting in a meeting with other advisers while Champ, who has been with the family for about a decade, was pictured sprawled across the carpet, according to People.
Champ, who is no stranger to life in Washington, was with the Biden family when Joe Biden served two terms as the country's Vice President under Barack Obama's term. While he became a member of the Biden family in December, 2008, Major was adopted in November, 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA), thus, making history as the only pup in the White House to directly come from an animal shelter.
With Major and Champ in the White House, the long-held tradition of having pets at the prestigious address is back after four years of no pets under Trump's presidency. The dogs even help Joe and Jill Biden convey important messages to people.
Each first family that enters the White House is different from the next. And while some choose to be hands-on with their pets, others leave the responsibility of caring for the pets to the ever-ready White House staff. However, it seems the Biden family would prefer doing whatever they can themselves.
Dog trainer, Mark Tobin who worked with the family before, told The Washington Post that the president prefers being the one to walk his dogs. "He's going to do it himself. He's going to walk the dog," Tobin said, as quoted by People.
Around the time of the 2020 presidential elections, there were talks about a third pet also setting paw in the White House. "Well, I'd love to get a cat," Jill Biden told Fox before the elections, as quoted by USA TODAY. "I love having animals around the house."
A tweet posted earlier from CBS Sunday Morning also said there's a chance a cat might join the two German Shepherds that are now all settled in the White House.
And now some breaking news on #SundayMorning...— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) November 28, 2020
President-elect @JoeBiden and his wife @DrBiden won’t just be bringing their German shepherds, Major and Champ to the White House. The Bidens tell us exclusively that soon they’ll be joined by a cat. #sundaypets pic.twitter.com/KCkNV6jNpH
When White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke about updates on a cat becoming part of the first family, according to CNN, Psaki said, "I'm also wondering about the cat, because the cat is going to dominate the internet whenever the cat is announced and wherever that cat is found."
As for now, the much-needed furry-quotient in the White House has been met, thanks to Champ and Major, letting their barks be heard all over the White House.
Dogs! In the White House!— Ana Sandoval 🇺🇸🍌🍸 (@bananababe44) January 25, 2021
Joy, oh joy.
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