The first family of the United States welcomed its newest addition in the form of a Labrador retriever, named Major. The pup stole the hearts of animal lovers everywhere when he was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association by President Joe Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden. Unfortunately, the joy surrounding Major was short-lived when news broke that he had reportedly bitten a Secret Service agent.
The incident occurred when Major and the other first pup, Champ, were playing on the South Lawn of the White House. In the midst of the playful tussle, Major bit the agent on the hand. The agent received immediate medical attention, and luckily his injuries were minor.
Still, the incident left the White House administration no choice but to relieve Major of his role as the first pet. As a result, the Bidens had to send him back to the Delaware Humane Association and choose another pup to take his place.
The new pup, a German Shepherd-mix named Major II, was welcomed to the White House on April 2, 2021, and it appears he has become a fast favorite of the Bidens. The pup has already taken an adorable photo with Champ and has been seen lounging on the presidential bed.
While animal control officers have assured the public that Major’s bite was simply the result of puppy play, the White House insists that it was a serious breach of protocol for Major to bite a Secret Service agent. In an effort to set a good example for future first dogs, Major was sent back to the Delaware Humane Association.
Major II may be the newest first dog, but it’s clear that Major will be in the hearts of animal lovers and President Biden supporters alike. Hopefully Major II will learn from Major’s example, and the Biden-Harris administration will be able to have the canine companionship they’re hoping for.