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Welcome, Commander Biden! White House Gets New Puppy 6 Months After Losing Champ

Welcome, Commander Biden! White House Gets New Puppy 6 Months After Losing Champ

Barking news from the White (Dog)House on Friday: there’s a new CIC (Commander-In-Collar) around the Residence, and he’s the furriest new member of the Biden family.

Six months after President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden had to say goodbye to “sweet, good boy” Champ Biden, a pure-bred German Shepherd puppy was spotted Monday playing on the South Lawn.

The President and First Lady brought along their two dogs, Champ and Major (whom they adopted from the Delaware Humane Association) when they moved into the White House in January. It marked the first time in four years that a pet had lived at the presidential residence and the very first time a rescue dog called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home. Champ died in June at the age of 13. “Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” the President and First Lady wrote in a joint statement at the time.

Born on September 1st, Monday was the puppy’s introduction to his new home. Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden’s press secretary, confirmed the news of a new family puppy. “Yes. There is (a puppy),” LaRosa said. His name is “Commander” and he was a birthday gift to the President from his brother, James Biden, and sister-in-law Sara Biden. President Biden celebrated his 79th birthday on November 20th.

Major has been living mostly at the Bidens’ home in Wilmington, Delaware, after a handful of aggressive incidents involving staff at the White House. Rescue dogs often have issues being rehomed, and Major is reported to be thriving back in his comfort zone.

Twitter was delighted to meet Commander, who seemed to spark instant joy amid the winter COVID doldrums.

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