Champ, the German Shepherd who had been a cherished member of the Biden family since 2008, passed away on Saturday, according to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The Bidens expressed their sorrow over the sudden loss of Champ, who peacefully passed away at their family residence in Wilmington, Delaware. This news has left their hearts heavy, as they reflect on the 13 years of devoted companionship and love they shared with their beloved German Shepherd.
A Beloved Companion
Champ was a source of joy and comfort for the Bidens throughout his life. He had a fondness for cuddling up at their feet in front of a cozy fire, providing solace during meetings, and basking in the sunshine of the White House garden. Whether chasing golf balls on the grass or playfully running after their grandchildren in their Delaware backyard, Champ brought happiness and laughter to the family.
A Symbolic Name
The Biden family welcomed Champ into their lives during the presidential transition in December 2008, shortly after Joe Biden became Vice President-elect. Named as a tribute to Joe Biden’s father, Champ became a symbol of strength and resilience. From their most joyous occasions to their most sorrowful days, Champ was a constant companion, offering unwavering support and unconditional love.
A Lifelong Connection
Champ’s health had been declining due to his advanced age, and the Bidens recognized the signs of his fading strength. They reminisced about the day they brought him home from a breeder in Spring City, Pennsylvania, when he was just a month old. Jill Biden fulfilled her promise to acquire a dog if Joe Biden and Barack Obama won the election, and Champ became an integral part of their family.