He Was A ‘Sweet, Good’ Boy: The Bidens Say Goodbye to Champ
It might be “Caturday” on social media, but Twitter users were bidding a sad but sweet farewell to one of the First Dogs on Saturday.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden released a statement announcing that their beloved German Shepherd, Champ, had passed away. Champ, they said, had been with the family during their “most joyful moments” and “most grief-stricken days.”
“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” the President and First Lady said.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” the statement reads. “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,” they said in the statement.
The Bidens continued: “He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden. 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.”
Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him. pic.twitter.com/sePqXBIAsE
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 19, 2021
Condolences poured in from all over Twitter as “RIP Champ” began to trend, with users sharing their favorite photos of the First Dog.
— GForce (@GlennMarFano1) June 19, 2021
RIP Champ – The Biden's eldest dog passes away.#RIPChamp
Rest in peace Champ. You are member of everyone's family. You'll be missed . . pic.twitter.com/cI3i9OapJZ
— Rick Ocean 🇺🇲🇳🇴 #Resister (@RickOceanMusic) June 19, 2021
This photo of Champ as a puppy gets me every time. pic.twitter.com/EuxtWjfyPi
— Rob Flaherty (@RFlaherty46) June 19, 2021
BREAKING: The White House has announced the passing of their beloved dog, Champ. RIP 🐶🙏. pic.twitter.com/5Gifb7G3ix
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 19, 2021
Nothing better than Champ’s devotion & unconditional love. RIP sweet boy. pic.twitter.com/eifDorlV8H
— anyone_want_chips (@anyonewantchips) June 19, 2021