On Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden introduced his new puppy, Commander, to the world via Twitter. In a simple Tweet, the President said:
Welcome to the White House, Commander.
Including a short video clip of the adorable new addition to the family.
Meet the newest Biden. pic.twitter.com/JHAbH53iRk
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 20, 2021
The pup, who was born on September 1, was a gift to President Biden for his 79th birthday. Commander will be taking over the shepherd duties in the White House because Major, the Biden’s rescued shepherd, has been rehomed to family friends, reports CNN.
Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden’s press secretary, explained that Major will be living elsewhere following some “aggressive” incidents at the White House.
“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the first family has decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends.”
LaRosa said that the decision to let Major live with another family came after “months of deliberations.”
The Biden family lost their elderly German shepherd, Champ, earlier this year; the dog was 13-years-old when he passed away.