Incoming Commander, Outgoing Major: White House pet reshuffle after bite incidents | Joe biden
President Joe Biden on Monday presented the last member of his family, a purebred German Shepherd puppy named Commander, while the first lady’s office said the cat she had promised over a year ago to bring them to the White House would finally join them in January.
But the news wasn’t all that good for another member of the Biden animal family. The family decided it was better for their other German Shepherd, Major, to live in a quieter environment with friends after a few biting incidents.
Biden shared a photo on his official Twitter account of the three-month-old male puppy with a caption that read, “Welcome to the White House, Commander.” He also posted a brief video of him throwing a ball at the commander and walking the dog on a leash around the White House.
Commander was born on September 1 and arrived at the White House on Monday afternoon, a gift from President James Biden’s brother and sister-in-law Sara Biden, according to Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for the first lady, Jill Biden.
His name appears to be a play on Biden’s status as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces.
The first lady said shortly after Biden won the November 2020 presidential election that they would get a cat. LaRosa said the feline will join the family in January.
The Bidens had two other German Shepherds – Champ and Major – with them in the White House before the Commander.
But Major, a three-year-old rescue dog, found himself in the proverbial doghouse following two incidents of biting in the months following his arrival last January. He was sent home to Delaware for training before being sent back to the White House. White House officials had explained Major’s aggressive behavior by saying he was still getting used to his new surroundings.
But he was fired again. Now his permanent exile from the Executive Mansion appears official.
“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, the First Family decided to follow the collective recommendation of the experts that it would be safer for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends.” LaRosa said in an emailed statement. “This is not in reaction to a new or specific incident, but rather a decision made after several months of family deliberation and discussions with experts.”
Champ died in June at the age of 13.
CNN first reported the arrival of the commander after he was seen running around the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.