The Bidens announced the death of their beloved German shepherd, Champ

On Saturday, the first Biden couple announced the death of Champ, their German shepherd who had been their pet since 2008.

Champ passed away at the Biden family home in Wilmington, Delaware, a White House spokesman said. “We have a heavy heart today because our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant companion for the past 13 years and was adored by the entire family,” President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

The Bidens announced the death of their beloved German shepherd, Champ

The Bidens got the sheepdog during the December 2008 presidential election a few weeks after Biden became vice president-elect. The German Shepherd was one month old when Biden picked him out of a litter from a breeder in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Champ was the fulfillment of a promise by Jill Biden, who said her husband might get a dog if he and Barack Obama won the presidential election.

In recent months, Champ’s health has deteriorated, largely because of his advanced age.

The Bidens also have another German shepherd named Major, a three-year-old dog they adopted in November 2018 from a shelter in Delaware. Earlier this year, Biden told reporters that he took Meijor as a companion for Champ to keep the older dog busy and active.