President Biden’s pups were sent to the dog house after displaying “aggressive behavior” towards White House staffers.
Joe and Jill Biden’s dogs, who were reportedly allowed to freely roam 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue off leash, were removed from the White House and returned to their Delaware home after a “biting incident” with security staff.
“They really don’t have any rules, they’re really good dogs,” Jill Biden said about 14 year old Champ and three year old Major in a February interview. But Major, who they adopted from a Delaware animal shelter as a puppy, is said to be behind the attack.
“Champ and Major are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people. And on Monday, the first family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
“The exact condition of the victim is unknown, however, the episode was serious enough that the dogs were subsequently moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where they remain,” CNN reported, noting that the victim was a Secret Service agent.
Major, who had to undergo “special training” to get used to the Biden household, has had trouble acclimating to the new surroundings, and has been known to “display agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and “charging” at staff and security.”
Though he hasn’t shown aggressive behavior, Champ was also cast out of the White House, because the Bidens adopted Major as a companion for him. “We got Major, he’s a rescue dog. We asked the vet, ‘What can we do to keep Champ going?’ and he said, ‘Get him a young dog.’ They’re buddies,” the President said.
They might be in the dog house for now, but Psaki said that after spending some time with a caretaker at Bidens’ Wilmington home, “the dogs will return to the White House soon.”