‘Hey, Pal’: Biden Welcomes a New Puppy to the White House

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Politics|‘Hey, Pal’: Biden Welcomes a New Puppy to the White House


The 3-month-old German shepherd with precise large, pointy ears is named Commander.

President Biden introduced the newest four-legged nonmigratory  of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue connected  Monday.
Credit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Michael D. ShearKatie Rogers

Dec. 20, 2021, 8:46 p.m. ET

In different changeable from the upbeat video, a masked president and Jill Biden, the archetypal lady, strolled into the White House with an eager-looking Commander pulling up connected his leash.

The accomplishment of “the newest Biden,” arsenic the president called Commander connected Twitter, comes aft the bittersweet quality successful June that Champ, 1 of his 2 German shepherds, had died. Champ, who was 13, was mourned successful a connection astatine the clip by the Bidens.

“In our astir joyful moments and successful our astir grief-stricken days, helium was determination with us, delicate to our each unspoken feeling and emotion,” they said. “We emotion our sweet, bully lad and volition miss him always.”

Commander volition proceed the contented of a canine beingness astatine the White House. And White House officials said a cat — a pistillate whose sanction has yet to beryllium announced — volition articulation the Bidens successful January. In an interrogation this fall, Dr. Biden said that the feline had been surviving with a foster household and that she was uncertain that the caretakers would beryllium consenting to springiness up the animal.

As helium adjusts to White House life, Commander volition not person different canine to romp with.

The Bidens’ different German shepherd, Major, had been sent to grooming aft a bid of biting episodes successful the East Wing. At the time, Michael LaRosa, Ms. Biden’s spokesman, described it arsenic “some further grooming to assistance him set to beingness successful the White House.”

Now, Mr. LaRosa said Major would beryllium surviving astatine different house.

“After consulting with canine trainers, carnal behaviorists and veterinarians, the archetypal household has decided to travel the experts’ corporate proposal that it would beryllium safest for Major to unrecorded successful a quieter situation with household friends,” Mr. LaRosa said successful a statement. “This is not successful absorption to immoderate caller oregon circumstantial incident, but alternatively a determination reached aft respective months of deliberation arsenic a household and discussions with experts.”

Commander was calved connected Sept. 1, making him by acold the youngest Biden astatine the White House. The puppy was a acquisition from the president’s member James Biden and sister-in-law Sara Biden. Commander arrived astatine the White House connected Monday day and could beryllium seen romping done the writer outside.

In summation to the abbreviated video clip, Mr. Biden besides tweeted a photograph of Commander, his large ears flopping arsenic helium ran with a greenish tennis shot successful his mouth.

“Welcome to the White House, Commander,” the president wrote.

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