“Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,” the Bidens said in a statement according to the outlet.
“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family.”
Champ was one of two dogs brought to the White House by the Biden family and became a fixture for the first couple when he entered his position as vice president in 2008.
According to Fox News Champ was named by the Biden’s two granddaughters and enjoyed the company of his fellow german shepherd Major, who was adopted by the Bidens in 2018.
The first family described in their statement how Champ’s health had begun to decline in recent months and how he struggled to raise up when they entered a room, “his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub.”
“Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us,” they said. “He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden.”
Champ enjoyed racing with their grandchildren, according to the first couple, as well as chasing golf balls from the lawn of the Naval Observatory.
“In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion,” the statement said. “We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”