A heavy heart loss was announced Saturday by the Bidens. Their “beloved” dog, Champ, had passed away that day.
Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him.
June 19, 2021
In a tenderhearted statement posted Saturday from Joe and Jill Biden, they honor Champ’s strength and comfort. Whenever they entered the room Champ would instantly pull himself up and wag his tail “and nuzzle [them] for an ear scratch or a belly rub.”
The 13-year old German shepherd was at the Biden family home in Wilmington, Delaware, during his last moments.
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. 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. 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. In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.
This German Shepard became an official Biden family member at only one month old when Joe Biden followed through on a promise made by his wife Jill Biden, that if he won the presidential election with Barack Obama they could get a dog. Joe picked a German Shepherd out of a litter from a breeder in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was named by Joe’s granddaughters during the holidays in December of 2008.
While no longer alongside his family, Champ remains a part of it.
RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always.
June 19, 2021