US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will bring two German Shepherds, including a rescue dog, to live with them in the White House, the first time in four years when pets are heading back to the famous Washington DC address.
According to NBC News report, Biden and Jill adopted ‘Major’ in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering it. The canine will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House where it will be accompanied by the Bidens’ other German Shepherd ‘Champ’.
‘Major’ was fostered by the Bidens before adoption. Hundreds of people on social media termed ‘Major’ and ‘Champ’ as “DOTUS — Dogs of the United States”, a play on the President’s official acronym POTUS –President of the United States.
It is believed that ‘Champ’ formerly lived at the vice presidential residence at the US Naval Observatory during Biden’s vice presidency, according to another media report, which added that ‘Champ’ was Biden’s childhood nickname bestowed upon him by his father, Joseph Sr.
Both the canines often appear in the social media posts of Bidens, including in various ads. Presidential pets are a tradition in the White House, although it will be the first time in four years when dogs set foot on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as President Donald Trump has no pets. Prior to Trump, former president Barack Obama owned two Portuguese water dogs ‘Bo and Sunny’, during his eight years in the White House.
(With inputs from agencies)