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He Was A ‘Sweet, Good’ Boy: The Bidens Say Goodbye to Champ

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.

President Joe Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, prior to a bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members to discuss supply chains. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

“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.”

Condolences poured in from all over Twitter as “RIP Champ” began to trend, with users sharing their favorite photos of the First Dog.

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