The White House has been without a “First Dog” for the last four years, for the first time in the last hundred years.
But that’s all about to change! Thanks to president-elect Joe Biden, dogs are heading back to the White House.
So, let’s meet the First Dog-elects, Major and Champ Biden. You can call them DOTUS-elect.
Champ was welcomed by the Biden family for Christmas in 2008. That means, of course, that Champ is no stranger to the White House, though it’ll be his first time living in it. He previously lived at the vice presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory during Biden’s two terms with former President Barak Obama.
The family’s other four-legged family member is named Major — and Major is about to make major history, too. This First-Dog elect will be the first rescue dog to live at the White House.
Major was first fostered by the Biden family, and then adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in November 2018. According to the organization, Major was “from the litter of German shepherd pups that were surrendered and not doing well at all.”
“once we posted about them for your help, Joe Biden caught wind of them and reached out immediately. The rest is history,” they wrote on Facebook.
It looks like that pup is doing pretty well, these days!
Now, Champ and Major are about to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
On top of that, Biden’s beloved furry friends are quickly turning into canine celebs. These soon-to-be First Dogs debuted their own social media account.
“Hello America! Hello world! It’s us, champ and Major,” a post from the newly launched Twitter profile reads.
“We are the Bidens’ family puppers and First Dogs Elect(s) of USA. We want to thank you all for your suppawrt by sharing our pawsidential adventures here! Woof! Woof!” the post continues, followed by an American flag and dog emojis.
🐾 Hello America! Hello world! It’s us, Champ and Major. We are the Bidens’ family puppers and First Dogs Elect(s) of USA. We want to thank you all for your suppawrt by sharing our pawsidential adventures here! Woof! Woof! 🐶🇺🇸🐕 pic.twitter.com/J46aiXKVFW
— Champ & Major Biden 🇺🇸 (@First_Dogs_USA) November 8, 2020
Plenty of other famous pets have taken the time to congratulate Champ and Major, and express their excitement.
“We are so happy to see animals in the White House again!! Welcome Champ & Major!!” said a Twitter account for a cat named Murph.
Even Doug the Pug expressed excitement, saying, “THERE WILL BE DOGS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN!!”
The last pups to call the White House home were the Obama family’s Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny.