America Has a New First Puppy

Biden welcomes Commander to the White House
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 20, 2021 6:50 PM CST
Biden Welcomes Puppy to White House
"Welcome to the White House," Biden tweeted.   (White House)

President Biden has welcomed a new addition to the family, a puppy named Commander. Biden shared a photo Monday on his official Twitter account with a caption that said, “Welcome to the White House, Commander" as well as a brief video of him tossing a ball to Commander and walking the leashed dog into the White House, the AP reports. No other details about the dog were provided. The puppy appears to be a German shepherd, the breed of Biden's other two dogs, and was a gift to him from his family, according to CNN, which first reported on the puppy's arrival after it was seen scampering around the White House South Lawn on Monday.

Biden brought his other dogs to the White House shortly after he took office in January. Champ died in June at age 13. Major, who was much younger than Champ, was involved in several biting incidents during his relatively short tenure at the executive mansion and was returned to Biden's home in Delaware. Biden's wife, Jill, had said in April that a cat would soon be joining the family at the White House, but a feline has not yet shown up or been announced.

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