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The new US President-elect, Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Major, will be the very first rescue dog to live in the White House.

Major will be leaving his own pawprints in history of the White House this coming January, as he and his family will move into their new home, although, he is no doubt blissfully unaware of just how close he is to the seat of American power.

After Joe’s daughter, Ashley Blazer Biden, introduced him and his wife, Jill, to a litter of puppies, they decided to foster Major through the Delaware Humane Association (DHA). The post made my DHA described how the puppies were "not doing well at all" when they were first rescued, but  that the pups were beginning to thrive and needed to continue their recovery with new, caring owners.

The couple initially intended to give Major a temporary home, however, when it came to say goodbye – they just couldn’t let go of their sweet new furry child. The Bidens therefore ended up keeping the beautiful pup who will be cared for alongside their other dog, Champ. Champ became a part of the Biden family back in Christmas of 2008, after the then-vice president made a promise to his wife that he will buy a dog if Barack Obama won the election.

Major has been a member of the family since 2018. The Delaware Humane Association posted on their Facebook page the day Major was adopted; "Today is Major’s lucky day! Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by Vice President Joe Biden & Dr. Jill Biden! The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official. Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!"

Delaware Humane Association congratulated Biden and Major on the presidential win and wrote; "Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden! His German Shepherd, Major, is set to become the first shelter dog in the White House. The Bidens adopted the German shepherd from the Delaware Humane Association two years ago after initially fostering him."

The animal lover, Joe, previously joked on an online campaign to "put dogs back in the White House", which was a reference to President Donald Trump who was the first US President in 120 years to not have a canine companion.

The tale of the arrival of a rescue dog in the White House is a positive news story. This story could even encourage more people to adopt or even foster more abandoned canines who are in need of a loving home.

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