JOE BIDEN’S beloved German Shepherd, Major, is set to make history as the first rescue dog to ever reside in the White House.
It represents a fairytale rise for the pet pooch, who was part of a litter of malnourished pups abandoned at Delaware animal shelter back in 2018.
The President-elect was already the proud owner of one German Shepherd by the time he met Major.
Champ first took up residence with the Biden family back in Christmas 2008, after the then-vice president made good on a promise to his wife Jill to buy a dog if Barack Obama won the election.
Purchased from a breeder, Champ’s route to 1600 Pennsylvania was a little more straightforward than Major’s who first came to Biden’s attention after his daughter Ashley read about him on Facebook.
It was a plea from the Delaware Humane Association animal shelter seeking help in re-homing a litter of German Shepherd puppies.
The post described how the puppies were “not doing well at all” when first rescued but were beginning to thrive and now needed to continue their recovery with new, caring owners.
Eager to help, the President-elect contacted the shelter and offered to take Major in as a foster owner.
What began as a temporary arrangement, however, became something more permanent after Biden struck up an immediate bond with the young dog.
Major has been part of the family ever since and was alongside the Bidens when the news of Joe’s election victory was confirmed.
Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden! His German Shepherd, Major, is set to become the first shelter dog in the...
Delaware Humane Association were quick to congratulate Biden and Major on the win.
“Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden! His German Shepherd, Major, is set to become the first shelter dog in the White House. The Bidens adopted the German shepherd from the Delaware Humane Association two years ago after initially fostering him.”
The arrival of a rescue dog in the White House is a positive news story everyone can get behind, whether Democrat or Republican, and could even encourage more people to consider taking in one of the many abandoned canines in need of a loving home.
Biden’s love of dogs will certainly resonate with people in Ireland, where President Michael D Higgins is a well-known fan of man’s best friend.
Here’s hoping he brings Champ and Major along on his next visit to the Emerald Isle.