A German Shepherd named Major, who was adopted from a shelter by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, has solemnly stepped into “the position of the first dog of the United States.” The state of Delaware held a virtual “inDoGuration” ceremony live on zoom (from the English word for dog).
Biden’s granddaughter Naomi posted a snapshot on Twitter, which was taken on the eve of the ceremony. It shows Major lying on a bench with Biden himself beside him. “Ready for the ‘indoctrination,'” she captioned it.
The event was initiated by the Delaware Humane Association. Anyone who paid at least $10 could participate in the online broadcast. All funds raised will go to animal shelters.
Biden himself had earlier promised to revive the tradition that all U.S. presidents kept dogs in the White House. The current head of state, Donald Trump, broke it. Joe Biden himself will be inaugurated on January 20.