It is with a heavy heart that we share that the Biden family has had to say goodbye to their beloved pup, Champ. The First pup, who had been with the family since the now President was Vice President under Barack Obama, was 13-years-old.
In a post to Twitter, President Biden shared a statement alongside a more recent picture of Champ. The caption for the tweet reads, “Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him.”
President Biden and the First Lady share a moving statement to social media following the death of First Dog, Champ Biden
According to the statement itself, Champ passed away peacefully on June 19 at home with his family. They offered up insight into his final months, saying that even as he had truly begun to slow down, whenever the President or First Lady would walk into the room, “he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub.”
While Champ’s younger days may have been spent chasing golf balls and running after the Biden’s grandchildren, as he got older, it was all about enjoying the sunshine in the gardens or curling up at his parents’ feet (whether that was in front of a fire or at the end of a long day). He would even join the President in meetings at time, offering his support as a silent presence in the room.
Now that Champ has passed away, that just leaves the Biden family with their rescue pup, Major, who was often a source of comfort for Champ, and who was there to help keep the older pup company.
It will be sad to cover the The Oval Pawffice and future First Pets news knowing that Champ is no longer with the family. And we send our sympathies to the Biden family and of course Major during this difficult time.