The Bidens' Beloved German Shepherd Champ Dies at 13
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The Bidens are mourning the loss of their German shepherd Champ, who has died at 13.
In a loving statement, the first couple said, "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."
They went on, "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."
They also flashed back to his puppyhood, writing, "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."
The statement closed with, "We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always."
The President added, "Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him," while the First Lady wrote, "RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always."