Just call him Mr Pawesident! Joe Biden’s dog Major becomes first rescue to live in White House

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Newly elected president Joe Biden has a close bond with his rescue dog, Major (Photo credits: Gallo Images/Getty Images, Instagram/Joe Biden)
Newly elected president Joe Biden has a close bond with his rescue dog, Major (Photo credits: Gallo Images/Getty Images, Instagram/Joe Biden)

Talk about landing the forever home of your dreams!

Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Major, will officially become the first rescue dog to call the White House home come 20 January when the 77-year-old is sworn in.

The handsome mutt has been with the Democrat leader and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, since 2018. They adopted him through the Delaware Humane Association after their daughter, Ashley, introduced them to a litter of puppies.

They originally only wanted to foster him but he quickly crept into their hearts.

(Photo credit: Instagram/Joe Biden)
Joe Biden's dogs have become social media stars in their own right. "No ruff days on the trail when I have some Major motivation," the president captioned this post (Photo credit: Instagram/Joe Biden)
(Photo credit: Instagram/Joe Biden)
Joe Biden's dogs have become social media stars in their own right. "No ruff days on the trail when I have some Major motivation," the president captioned this post (Photo credit: Instagram/Joe Biden)

He joins their other German Shepherd, Champ (the nickname Joe’s father gave him as a child), who they adopted in 2008 as a puppy.

Champ and Major frequently feature on the Biden family's social media pages and made several appearances leading up to the election, no doubt appealing to pet-lovers.

“No ruff days on the trail when I have some Major motivation,” Joe wrote alongside a video of Major licking his face.

Joe has previously jokingly campaigned to “put dogs back in the White House”, in reference to Donald Trump being the first president in 120 years to not have man’s best friend at his side.

(Photo credit: Instagram/JillBiden)
Joe's wife, Dr Jill Biden, relaxes at their home with their two dogs, Champ and Major (Photo credit: Instagram/JillBiden)

Before Trump, former presidents Barack Obama had a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo while George W Bush had three dogs, one of whom was an English Spaniel named Spotty. Bill Clinton had a Labrador named Buddy.

View this post on Instagram

Happy #NationalPetDay.

A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on

A Facebook post by the Delaware Humane Association from 2018 read, “Today is Major’s lucky day! Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by Vice President Joe Biden & Dr. Jill Biden!

“The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official. Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!”

Sources: unilad.com, abcnews

 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24