The Bidens Mourn the Loss of First Dog Champ After He Dies At 13

@FLOTUS via Twitter

There has been a loss in the White House, and President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are in mourning. Their beloved German Shepherd has died. He was 13 years old.

If you have ever lost a pet, you probably know how devastating the loss can be. Pets sometimes become like children to us. They are truly members of our family. Our hearts go out to the Bidens.

Champ became a member of the Biden family back in 2008. He was a little puppy at the time. Joe Biden let his grandchildren choose the name of the dog, and he definitely felt like the name Champ was fitting. He once explained that the name reminded him of what his father used to call him when giving advice. For example, he would say, “Any time you get knocked down, champ, get up!”

First Lady Jill Biden announced the news of Champ’s passing on Twitter. She wrote, “RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always.” Then she posted an official statement from herself and her husband.

The statement explains that Champ has passed away after 13 years, but it does not say the cause of death. Average life expectancy for a German Shepherd is 9-13 years, so there is a good chance that it was simply old age.

The statement reads, “Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home.” It goes on to explain what a good dog and loyal companion Champ was throughout his lifetime. The statement ends, “We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”

President Biden also tweeted the same official statement along with the words, “Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him.”

What do you think helps when grieving the loss of a pet?