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Joe Biden's beloved pet dog Champ dies 

President Joe Biden's beloved pet dog Champ has died, with First Lady Jill Biden paying tribute to their companion who supported them 'in our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days. 

The German Shepherd passed away peacefully aged 13 at his home of the White House. 

First Lady Jill Biden confirmed his death Saturday, tweeting: 'RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will miss you always.' 

The Bidens released a statement paying tribute to Champ, and sharing a photo of the pooch.  

Joe Biden 's beloved pet dog Champ has died, First Lady Jill Biden confirmed Saturday

The Bidens released a statement paying tribute to Champ, and sharing a photo of the pooch

'Our hearts are heavy as we let you all know tat our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home,' the statement read. 

'He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family. 

'Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub. 

'Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us. He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden. 

Joe Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday

Joe Biden in the Oval Office with dogs Champ and Major in the Oval Office 

'In his younger days, he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware. 

'In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.'

Champ moved to the White House with the Bidens and their other dog Major in January when the president took office. 

He first spent time in Washington DC when Biden was Barack Obama's Vice President, becoming accustomed to life in the Capital. 

The Bidens dogs Champ (right) and Major (left) are seen with an aide on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 31

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