Joe Biden Welcomes a New Dog to the White House

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Photo credit: Twitter/@POTUS
Photo credit: Twitter/@POTUS

The First Family just got a little bigger. On Monday, President Joe Biden shared the news that he and the First Lady have a new dog with a tweet welcoming the pup to the White House. Alongside the greeting and an adorable photo of the puppy, he also shared his new four-legged friend's name—Commander.

Additionally, Biden tweeted out a video of Commander, including some footage of the pup walking into the White House on a leash with the President and First Lady, playing ball, and even sitting for a treat.

Commander is the third dog to have joined the Bidens in the White House. Like the Bidens' previous dogs, he appears to be a German Shepard—a breed they are clearly drawn to. Earlier this year, their 13 year old German Shepard, Champ, sadly passed away, while Major, who became the first Presidential rescue dog, left 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following a biting incident. Subsequently, a spokesperson told The New York Times that Major would be rehomed to provide him a "quieter environment."

"After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, the first family has decided to follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends," the spokesperson said. "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 addition to their new puppy Commander, the Bidens are also reportedly waiting for the arrival of a foster cat.

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