President Joe Biden’s two German Shepherds moved back home to Delaware for a temporary vacation, after Major, the youngest of the two and the first adopted dog to live in the White House, reportedly bit a member of the White House security team.
In a report by the New York Times, Biden’s press secretary Jen Paski, said Major showed aggressive behavior toward an “unfamiliar person” who apparently surprised him.
“The dogs will return to the White House soon,” she told reporters at the White House. She said the incident resulted to a minor injury that do not need further treatment. “[The dogs] are still getting acclimated to their new surroundings.”
A person familiar with the dogs said it was good for Champ and Major to be sent back to Delaware in the meantime as first lady Jill Biden is on the road, while the president is currently on the West Coast.
The dogs joined the Bidens at the White House after the family relocated to Washington. They are allowed to roam unleashed on the White House grounds.
Major was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association after Mr. Biden’s daughter sent him a Facebook post about a litter of puppies up for adoption.
Kerry Bruni, the association’s director of animal care, said Major underwent a “special training” to become acclimated to Biden’s household, and was fostered several months before the Bidens officially adopted him.
“I imagine he has to learn how to travel on planes and stuff that normal house dogs don’t have to worry about,” she said.
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