Beloved First Dog Champ Started His Life in Spring City and Spent Final Months at White House

President Joe Biden and Champ, bred in Chester County.
Image via The White House, Creative Commons.

Champ, a German Shepherd bought by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden from a breeder in Spring City in 2008, led a happy life with his family. He spent his final months as the First Dog at the White House, writes Maura Judkis for The Washington Post.

The president announced on Twitter that Champ, the elder of the family’s two dogs, died on June 19 at the age of 13.

“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” wrote the Bidens.

Champ joined the Biden family shortly after the 2008 election. They purchased him from Linda Brown, owner of Wolf Den Kennel in Spring City, and Biden’s granddaughters named him. A childhood nickname for the eventual president was the inspiration. Biden’s father often encouraged him, saying, “Champ, when you get knocked down, get up!”

Delaware trainer Mark Tobin prepared Champ for life in the spotlight.

The shepherd reportedly enjoyed his life, always being attentive to the Bidens. And the family responded with deep affection.

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” wrote the Bidens.

Read more about Champ in The Washington Post.

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