November 9, 2020
Last week’s victory at the polls is giving President-elect Joe Biden’s dogs a whole “new leash on life,” The Huffington Post reports. On Sunday, November 8, the two German Shepherds got their very own Twitter account.
Champ and Major will share a single account, but neither is whining about it. “We are the First Dogs of the USA, Champ and Major Biden,” their Twitter profile says. “You can call us #DOTUS. We love nom noms, snuggles, and we can’t wait to explore the WH!”
Early tweets feature to-die-for photos and awful dog puns, like “pawsidential,” “pawsitive” and “pawblic.” (The pooches refer to Joe Biden as “Dad.”) They also gave a woof-out to supportive “doggos” that stood by the humans who fought for Biden (Beto O’Rourke and Senator Elizabeth Warren), the HuffPost said.
They join the ranks of many presidential pets that have made the White House their home—among them, Herbert Hoover’s King Tut, Warren G. Harding’s Laddie, FDR’s beloved Fala, Richard Nixon’s Checkers, George W. H. Bush’s Millie, George W. Bush’s Barney, Bill Clinton’s Buddy, and Barack Obama’s Bo and Sunny.
Major, who was adopted in November 2018 from the Delaware Human Association, holds the distinction of being the first rescue dog to become a First Pet.
Champ was gifted to Dr. Jill Biden by her husband after Obama’s first election in 2008. He was purchased from a Pennsylvania breeder and named by the Bidens’ granddaughters.
As for Trump, his niece, Mary, has said that he believes owning a pet is déclassé.
Research contact: @HuffPost