President-elect Joe Biden’s dogs, Champ and Major, wished Americans a Merry Christmas on Thursday – and gave the public a glimpse of what the White House will do next month.
Champ, a calm and elderly German shepherd, wore a blanket and a decorative bow under the family’s Christmas tree in a video tweeted by Biden.
While Champ seemed ready to nap and rest among the historic furniture in the White House, the undisciplined young major, also a German shepherd, appeared to be a handful for the Secret Service.
Major ran around the house chewing on toys in Biden’s video.
Pets will be the first dogs in the White House since President Barack Obama stepped down in 2017 and moved to a nearby DC neighborhood with his Portuguese water dog, Bo.
The 78-year-old president-elect fractured his foot in November while playing with the major. Biden said he tripped over a rug after tugging the animal’s tail playfully.
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“I got out of the shower. I have a dog and anyone in my house knows – it fell, the puppy threw a ball in front of me. And for me to catch the ball,” said Biden.
“I’m walking down a small alley to get to the room. And I grabbed the ball like that and he ran. And I’m kidding, running after him and grabbed his tail. And what happened was that he slipped on a carpet pitch. And I tripped over the carpet that he slipped on. That’s what happened. “