In an interview that was aired on Friday by NBC News, First Lady Jill Biden announced that Major Biden, their German shepherd, was back at the White House after training. Soon, he will also live with a new feline friend. Jill Biden confirmed that they would be adding an adopted cat to their home and that their dog had learnt to adjust to the presence of cats in his remedial training program.
President Biden told the reporter that they were going to bring him in to see the NBC reporter who joked that it may not be a good idea. In the recent past Major Biden has bitten two people before he was sent for special training.
Major Biden took a bite of a Secret Service officer so much so that he had to be treated at the White House Medical unit. Three weeks later, Major Biden went on his second hunt and this time he found his victim in a member of the National Park Service, who was also a White House worker.
Major Biden was banished from the White House and went for private, off-site training to help him to adjust to the White House. He returned recently and Jill Biden said that the training worked and she said that he was a “sweet, lovable dog.” She is also confident that he would do fine with the new cat who Jill said “is waiting in the wings.”
After a four year hiatus pets are back in the White House. Trump was one of the few presidents who refused to allow pets at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Many other Presidents and their children kept pets and some of them were confirmed as rescue animals.
Some of the better known rescue animals who live or lived in the White House are
- Major Biden (rescued by the Biden’s)
- Yet to be named new Biden cat (rescued by the Biden’s)
- Socks Clinton (rescued by the Clintons)
- Barney Bush (rescued by the Bushes)
- Miss Beazley (rescued by the Bushes)
- Rebecca Raccoon Coolidge (rescued by the Coolidge’s when she was to be served as Thanksgiving dinner
- Yuki (rescued by Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Luci)