The German Shepherd lived to be 13 and died at their home in Delaware. “Even as Champ‘s strength waned in his last months when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub,” they wrote in a statement. “Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us.”
While Commander never met Champ, he has his big brother Major to show him around the premises, but hopefully, he doesn’t show him any of his bad habits. The rescue pup made headlines earlier this year after having two “biting incidents,” involving a Secret Service agent and National Park Service member. “Major, the Bidens‘ younger dog, will undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House,” Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN in April. The off-site, private training was expected to last a few weeks and according to PEOPLE, Major is back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue helping Commander acclimate to his new home.