Puppy Love at the Veep's House
The newest member of the vice president's family is adorable, energetic -- and bad for the carpeting at the Naval Observatory.
Joe Biden's German shepherd puppy, Champ, came to live at the veep's official residence shortly after the inauguration and has been doing standard puppy stuff: racing around on the grounds, playing with the grandkids, learning the basics of house training.
"He's generally a good dog," said Courtney O'Donnell, a spokeswoman for Jill Biden. "I'd be lying if I didn't say there's been the occasional puppy accident." Not a lasting problem: The veep's wife told People magazine she intends to tear up the off-white carpet installed by the Cheneys in favor of kid-and-pet-friendly hardwood floors.
Champ -- named by the grandkids -- was a post-election gift from Jill to her husband. The veep selected the 3-month-old dog from a Pennsylvania breeder in December, and sent him for preliminary training with Mark Tobin, a friend of Biden's who runs Delaware's New Castle County Police K-9 unit and a dog obedience school.
"Champ's a laid-back, very fun, energetic puppy," Tobin told us. "He's great with kids, very, very, good-natured." Tobin trains dogs to fit into their future life -- in this case, he took the puppy to several locations. "We wanted him to get used to a lot of environmental changes."
The puppy has been traveling with the family to and from Delaware, but will head back to Tobin next month for advanced obedience lessons. Then, he might be ready to meet the German shepherds that work security at the Naval Observatory.
But he's probably not going to be the only Second Dog: Biden told George Stephanopoulos that the family intends to adopt another dog from the pound so Champ will have a buddy.
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