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Bidens welcome new dog named Commander

Bidens welcome new dog named Commander
Bidens welcome new dog to the White House 00:28

The White House tweeted on Monday about a new member of the family: A puppy named Commander. The White House confirmed to CBS News that the Bidens will also be welcoming a cat in January. 

In a video posted to President Joe Biden's account, the president welcomes the dog to the White House with his wife, first lady Jill Biden.

"Hey pal, how are you," Mr. Biden said in the video, which also features the dog running around the White House and has the caption "Welcome Home, Commander!"

Commander is a purebred German Shepherd who was born in September. She was a gift from Mr. Biden's brother and sister-in-law.

Commander is shown in a photo released by the White House. Twitter / POTUS

At this point, Commander will be the only dog in the Biden White House. The family's other dog, Major was removed from the White House after he was involved in at least two "nipping" incidents. After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the White House said the Bidens decided to follow the expert recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends. The Bidens had adopted Major, a German Shepherd, three years ago through the Delaware Humane Association. The decision to move him permanently wasn't made in reaction to any new or specific incident, but came about after several months of deliberation by the family, the White House said. 

Champ, the Bidens' 13-year-old German Shephard, died in June. "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," the White House said in a statement. 

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