President Joe Biden’s beloved German Shepherd, Champ has died, the first lady Dr. Jill Biden confirmed on Saturday.
Champ passed away peacefully aged 13 at his home at the White House.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that out beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” Jill Biden said in a statement.
“RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will always miss you,” she tweeted alongside the statement.
Champ moved to the White House with the Bidens and their other dog Major in January when the president took office. But he first came to Washington during the eight years when Biden served as VP for President Barack Obama.
“He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden,” the Biden’s said in a statement.
“In his younger days, he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware,” they added. “In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”