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Biden gets a new puppy amid a ruff patch for his economic agenda and the COVID pandemic

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  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden
    46th and current president of the United States
  • Jill Biden
    Jill Biden
    First Lady of the United States
Composite image of the Biden's two German shepherds, Champ and Major, and the White House
The Biden family has acquired a new puppy after the loss of their German Shepherd dog Champ in June 2021.Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, Patrick Semansky/AP
  • President Joe Biden has adopted a new puppy, a German Shepherd named Commander.

  • The Bidens came to the White House with two German Shepherds: Major and Champ, who died at age 13.

  • The Bidens also plan to bring home a cat, who is still in foster care, in January and rehome Major.

President Joe Biden's administration is going through a rough patch with the president's economic agenda on the rocks and a new surge of COVID-19. But it's not all a sad tail in the White House — the Biden family has a new first puppy.

CNN's Kate Bennett first reported news of the pooch on Monday afternoon, with First Lady Jill Biden's spokesman Michael LaRosa confirming the pawsitive development for the Bidens.

The president himself then tweeted a photo and a video of the new pup, a German Shepherd puppy named Commander.

The Bidens came to the White House in January with their two German Shepherds, Champ and Major. Champ, however, died in June at the age of 13.

Major, the younger of the two dogs, struggled at first with adjusting to life in the White House and received specialized training after being involved in two minor biting incidents.

The White House also announced that the Bidens would finally bring home a long-promised White House cat, who has been in foster care for months, and would re-home Major to a different living environment.

"After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the First Family has decided … it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends," LaRosa told The New York Times' Katie Rogers. "This is not in reaction to any new or specific incident, but rather a decision reached after several months of deliberation as a family and discussions with experts,"

In a late April interview on NBC's "Today Show," the First Lady said they had selected the promised White House cat and that she was "waiting in the wings."

In the same interview, the First Lady said Major had already been acclimated to cats ahead of time.

"That was part of his training, they took him into a shelter with cats and he did fine," she said.

But the First Lady later said in September that the cat's arrival to the White House had been indefinitely delayed, partly due to Major's behavioral issues.

"The cat is still being fostered with somebody who loves the cat," Jill Biden told The Times. "I don't even know whether I can get the cat back at this point."

Former President Donald Trump was the first president since Andrew Johnson not to have any White House pets. The Obamas had two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, but no cats.

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