There were a lot of things the dogs weren't used to and they are still getting accustomed to the new life at the White House.
America's two famous German Shepherds, Major and Champ, were returned back to the first couple's family home in Delaware after what was described as a "biting incident."
Just a little over a month had passed since the two dogs, belonging to the president and first lady, had made the White House their home. The Bidens wanted to settle into their new address first before letting their dogs follow suit. And within no time, the dogs grew comfortable with their new home.
The older dog, Champ immediately fell in love with his dog bed by the fireplace while Major enjoyed his time running around the South Lawn, according to USA TODAY.
However, the dogs are now back in Delaware for the time being after three-year-old Major reportedly showed some aggression towards an unidentified member of the White House security. On Tuesday, March 9, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the incident and revealed that the White House medical unit took care of the injury caused.
"[Champ and Major] are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people," Psaki said, as quoted by CNN. "And on Monday, the first family's younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual."
Adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association, Major was welcomed to the Biden family to keep their much older dog Champ company, and since then, the two German Shepherds have bonded well and love staying together.
"We got Major, he's a rescue dog. We asked the vet, 'What can we do to keep Champ going?' and he said, 'Get him a young dog.' They're buddies," the president had previously said.
Less than a week after Biden was inaugurated as the president, his two beloved dogs moved into the White House, and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden revealed that she was doing everything she could to help the dogs settle in.
"They really don't have any rules, they're really good dogs," Jill said in a recent interview with People alongside her husband.
"We trained them from the beginning," the president explained. "Champ is old, he's 14 years old and he was extremely well-trained by the Canine Corps and he thinks he's Secret Service, but Major, who is a big, little dog, is about a year-and-a-half old and the only rule Jill has and he follows it: do not get up on the furniture."
What is off-limits for the dogs include the beds and the furniture, "except when our granddaughters stay overnight," Biden added while Jill said, "He sneaks in."
"We walk in, he sneaks in, he jumps up on the bed with them," said Biden.
For Champ and Major, moving into the White House was a big change and Jill said on The Kelly Clarkson Show, as quoted by CNN, "I've been getting obsessed with getting our dogs settled because we have an old dog and we have a very young dog. They have to take the elevator, they're not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that's what I've been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm."
Now that the two German Shepherds are back in Delaware, Psaki revealed that they were being looked after by "family friends" and might "soon" return to the White House to reunite with the first couple.
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