On Saturday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 presidential election (opens in new tab), making Harris the first woman—and woman of color—to be elected to the White House. Jill Biden plans to keep her job (opens in new tab)as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College, making her the first FLOTUS to work full-time outside of the White House. But someone else made history yesterday too: Major Biden, the family's German shepherd, Major, who will be the first rescue dog (opens in new tab)ever to live in the White House.
I mean, look at this cutie; he really loves his dad:
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Major is the Biden's second German shepherd; they also have Champ, whom they welcomed into their home in 2008. The family adopted Major after fostering him from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018. He was part of a litter of puppies that was not doing well at the shelter after being surrendered there.
"Today is Major’s lucky day!," the humane society wrote on its Facebook page (opens in new tab) on November 17, 2018. "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! #DHAMajor."
Major might be the first adopted dog in the White House, but 1600 Pennsylvania has been home to shelter animals in the past. The Clinton family adopted Socks (opens in new tab), their black-and-white cat, in 1991 after he reportedly jumped into Chelsea Clinton's arms as she was leaving her piano teacher's home in Little Rock, Arkansas. He died in February 2009 (opens in new tab), after completing two terms in in the White House.
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame. I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again three times in theaters, and that's pretty much all you need to know.
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