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Bad Boy? Internet is Upset With Joe Biden's Dog ‘Major’ For Doing Dog Things

Image of Joe Biden tweeted by @TheRealAndrew_.

Image of Joe Biden tweeted by @TheRealAndrew_.

Major is the first rescue dog to have lived in the White House, having moved in after Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.

Dogs bark. Dogs bite – and dogs definitely raise an alarm in a face of a threat. ‘First Dog’ Major isn’t an exception – but the Internet is convinced he should be.

President Joe Biden has sent his two dogs back to his family home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the younger of the two German Shepherds was involved in a “biting incident” with a White House security agent, US media said Monday.

Three-year-old Major, whom Biden and his wife Jill adopted in November 2018 from an animal shelter, had been displaying aggressive behavior including jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security, CNN reported, citing two anonymous sources.

The sources described a “biting incident” involving a member of the security services but did not specify if the person was injured. The episode was, however, seen as serious enough for both dogs, including 13-year-old Champ, to be returned to the Bidens’ home in Wilmington last week.

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The White House then confirmed to The Guardian that Major, one of Joe Biden’s two German shepherd dogs, was involved in an incident which left an unidentified person with a minor injury.

While the White House did not confirm if a Secret Service agent was injured, they said the human hurt in the encounter with the startled canine was treated by the White House medical unit and required no further medical attention.

Major is the first rescue dog to have lived in the White House, having moved in after Biden’s inauguration in January.

The Internet, however, was upset at Major, a dog, acting like a dog.

Several people, however, did point out that you don’t just give up on a dog.

In a personal piece last month in New Yorker Magazine, author Anna Heyward wrote on dealing with ‘a bad dog.’ — and why she put up with it.

“Why do we choose to live with difficult animals? “I saw Jack’s sweet laziness, his affection, his capacity to enjoy life. . . . When I got home from work, he would greet me with unhinged excitement. Loving animals can remind us of how strange, complex, and irresponsible our behavior as humans can be.”

First Lady Jill Biden said in an interview last month she had been focused on getting the dogs settled into their new home in Washington.

“They have to take the elevator, they’re not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that’s what I’ve been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm,” she said on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

“The dogs will return to the White House soon,” the White House confirmed.

first published:March 10, 2021, 09:56 IST