“But what I can tell you as a dog lover – I know you are – is that Major and Champ are part of the Bidens family. They are family members,” she said. “They often go to Delaware when the First Lady is on the way. And they adapt to their new home. “
Psaki added, “All I know is that you are beloved family members and of course the White House family too.”
The 13-year-old champ, the oldest of the two dogs, joined the family in 2008 shortly after Joe Biden was elected Vice President. Biden selected the pup from a breeder in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the dog’s name comes from an encouraging comment that Biden’s late father often made: “Get up, champ.”
Biden adopted the 3 year old major by the Delaware Humane Association in 2018 after being promoted as a puppy. Major is the first guard dog to occupy the White House, and he and Champ have seen many games on the Executive Mansion lawn in the past few weeks. You have also appeared alongside Biden in the Oval Office.