Sharing some adorable pictures and videos of a purebred German shepherd puppy named Commander on social media, President Biden announced the latest member of his family on Monday.
The White House just become a thousand times cuter after welcoming its newest resident. President Biden announced the latest member of his family on Monday by sharing some adorable pictures and videos of a purebred German shepherd puppy named Commander on social media,
Welcome to the White House, Commander. pic.twitter.com/SUudQnPv29— President Biden (@POTUS) December 20, 2021
The press secretary for the First Lady Jill Biden, Michael LaRosa, told NPR that the sweet pooch is just shy of 4 months old and that he arrived at the White House on Monday afternoon. Apparently, the President's brother and sister-in-law, James and Sara Biden, presented him as a birthday gift to Biden, who turned 79 on November 20.
Bidens are quite used to sharing their home with dogs, especially German Shepards, and they have also had their fair share of heartbreaks sadly. Back in June, the family lost its oldest dog, Champ, who was 13. "Our hearts are heavy today as we let you know that our beloved German Shepard, Champ, passed away peacefully at home," wrote the first couple in a statement sharing the devastating news.
"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. Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us," it continued.
I just found this sweet picture of our First Lady and Champ, the Biden’s beloved dog, who passed away at the age of 13. 😭— BookGrrl (@JamesSuzenbooks) December 21, 2021
How nice to see such tenderness and care in the White House again. pic.twitter.com/91982VSQKE
Champ was just a puppy when Biden served as Vice President during the Obama administration. "In his younger days, he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware," it added. "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. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always."
Commander will be joining Major, who was adopted as a puppy in 2018. Major notably became the first rescue dog to live in a White House from a shelter. That being said, the family decided to "follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends" following two nipping incidents in March which involved a National Park Service employee and Secret Service agent.
The Bidens plan on welcoming another furry member, only this time it will be a cat. Reports and rumors about a potential first feline entering their home have been around for months now. Back in April, Jill Biden said that "she is waiting in the wings." Looks the time has finally arrived as LaRosa confirmed the news, noting that a female cat will join the family in January.