President Joe Biden has sent his two German shepherds back to the family doghouse in Delaware after Major, his three-year-old pooch, bit a security guard and exhibited aggressive behavior. Major is the younger of the two dogs and was the reason the pooches will no longer be calling the White House their home. Instead, the dogs will return to Wilmington, Delaware, where they will have to live without easy access to Joe Biden.
Biden and his wife Jill adopted Major back in November 2018. They picked the dog up from an animal shelter. Now, Major has been accused of being aggressive. Source says he jumped at people, barked, and even charged members of Biden’s White House staff and security.
A “biting incident” was also reported. The source claims that a member of the security detail was bitten by Major, but details of this attack were not included. It is not clear if the person who was bitten was injured or not.
However, Major’s behavior was deemed inappropriate, so both dogs were sent home to Delaware last week. This means that 14-year-old Champ also had to go home.
First Lady Jill Biden seems to be the primary caretaker for the dogs. When she is not in Washington, D.C., the dogs were sometimes sent back to Delaware to be watched by dog sitters. Now that the dogs are to be permanently placed at the Wilmington home, it is unclear if they will be watched by a dog sitter or someone closer to the first family.
On Monday, Dr. Jill Biden departed Washington, D.C., for a trip to the states of Washington and California to visit military bases and connect with the men and women in the armed forces.
Major was the first rescue dog to ever live in the White House. He moved into the presidential residence after Biden was inaugurated in January. However, the “biting incident” made it clear that Major was not cut out for the busy, fast-paced lifestyle of the White House and needed to be back in Wilmington where things are more casual and relaxed.
During an interview in February, Dr. Jill Biden spoke about how she had worked to get both German shepherds comfortable at their home in the White House.
“They have to take the elevator, they’re not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that’s what I’ve been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm,” she said during her appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Before their sudden departure from the White House, the dogs had been allowed to roam the grounds without leashes. The dogs have been captured in various photographs running the grounds outside of the White House.
“They really don’t have any rules. They’re really good dogs,” Biden told People. “We trained them from the beginning. Champ is old, he’s 14 years old, and he was extremely well-trained by the Canine Corps, and he thinks he’s Secret Service, but Major, who is a big, little dog, is about a year-and-half-old and the only rule Jill has and he follows it: do not get up on the furniture.”
It is unclear if or when the dogs would be brought back to the White House.
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