It was reported that President Biden and First Lady Jill wanted to get settled in at the White House before introducing their four-legged family members to the new home.
Talk to a dog parent and they'd agree that watching their lovable pet lounging around in the living room or running free out in the garden is what turns a house into a home. And the Bidens know it well. After four long years of the White House seeming more like a cold castle than a warm home, there's finally a semblance of normalcy that's slowly returning to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. First dogs, Champ and Major Biden have arrived at their new home, and soon enough, the younger of the two was seen running on the lawns of the White House.
It almost seems like the nation is smiling in unison at the news. Regardless of whom you support, it's hard to deny that it feels great to see a happy dog running wild on the South Lawn with the Washington monument in the background.
It was reported that President Biden and First Lady Jill wanted to get settled in at the White House before introducing their four-legged family members to the new home. They had Champ and Major flown in from Delaware once everything was in order.
"The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn," said Michael LaRosa, press secretary to the First Lady Jill Biden, as reported by CNN.
The Bidens have been pet parents for a while now. Of the two German Shepherds currently part of their family, they brought Champ home in 2008, right before Joe Biden, who was the vice president-elect at the time, took office. And Major Biden, the more recent addition to the family, has created a bit of a history when it comes to White House pets. This active young dog is the first of his kind, from a shelter, to be an official member of the First Family. And possibly the most photogenic one, too.
Major was reportedly quite excited to arrive at the White House and did not waste a single second in taking a stock of the new home by running across the grounds. "Even my tongue is happy. Champ handled the situation much better," read the caption on the Instagram post about the dogs' arrival.
Biden had adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018, and helped shed light on the need to adopt, not shop, when it comes to bringing a furry pal home. The Delaware shelter also recently conducted an "indoguration" for Major, right before Biden's oath-taking ceremony, which helped raise some funds for the animals under their care.
The return of these two dogs to the White House grounds also marks the return of a long-standing tradition of the First Family, which was broken when Donald Trump moved in. The Trumps were the first family in over a hundred years to live at the White House and have no pets.
"The fact that Trump doesn’t have a dog, and is the first president without a best friend in the White House in over 100 years really says something about him," said Rob Schwartz, the co-founder of Dog Lovers for Joe, as reported by Huffpost.
In stark contrast to the not-so-warm feeling of seeing the Trumps as a family, the Bidens are a smiling bunch and seem quite happy with their two pups running around the house and wagging their tails.
Apart from making history and bringing back a long-missed tradition in the First Family, Champ and Major Biden are also creating a little history of their own by becoming the first White House pets to have their very own Instagram and Twitter accounts.
FIRST DOGS Major and Champ Biden @firstdogsusa have moved into the White House. There has not been a pet in the WH since the Obamas departed four years ago; fmr. President Trump was the first in 100+ years not to have a pet in office. Pics by WH/Adam Schultz pic.twitter.com/uzY7ksNvyg— FIRST DOGS CHAMP & MAJOR BIDEN (@firstdogsusa) January 25, 2021