Biden family dogs Major and Champ are back at the White House after incident
The Biden family dogs, Major and Champ, are back at the White House after an incident in which Major caused a “minor” injury to an undisclosed person.
Michael LaRosa, first lady Jill Biden’s spokesman, confirmed to USA TODAY in an email Wednesday that the dogs are “at the White House,” a week after President Joe Biden told “Good Morning America,” his pets would arrive back in Washington.
The White House did not specify when the dogs had returned from Delaware, where they were sent earlier this month after the incident.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on March 9 that the dogs had already been scheduled to be out of town prior to the incident while the first lady was traveling and would return to the White House soon.
“Major was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House Medical Unit with no further treatment needed,” Psaki told reporters.
She added: “Champ and Major, the president and first lady’s dogs – members of the family – are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people.”
The Biden family dogs, Major and Champ, are back at the White House. (Photo: Discovery+)
The statements came a day after CNN reported the Bidens’ two German shepherds returned to their family home in Delaware after “aggressive behavior at the White House” involving Major.
Speaking March 17 to George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” the president said Major “did not bite someone and penetrate the skin” elaborating that his dog was a “rescue pup” and is getting acclimated to his new home.
“You turn a corner, and there’s two people you don’t know at all,” Biden said. “And he moves to protect. But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail.”
Biden reiterated the dogs’ visit home to Delaware was a pre-planned trip and had nothing to do with the incident. He also noted Major was being trained in Delaware.
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“He was going home,” Biden said. “I didn’t banish him to home. Jill was gonna be away for four days. I was gonna be away for two so we took him home.”
12-year-old Champ joined the family in 2008. The Bidens adopted Major two years ago after fostering him from a litter of six other German shepherd puppies, who were given “life-saving medical care” after exposure to “something toxic in their home,” a Delaware Humane Association news release said at the time of adoption in 2018.
Major and Champ moved in to the White House a few days after inauguration, a return to the decades-long tradition of presidential pets following President Donald Trump’s dog-less administration.
Contributing: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY
Previously: Biden dogs are in Delaware while Jill Biden travels after Major caused a ‘minor injury’
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