Ruff’s times could be coming for the dogs of the Biden family – they will soon be joined in the White House by the family cat.
“She’s waiting backstage,” said First Lady Jill Biden, co-host of NBC’s “TODAY” show Craig Melvin, of The First Feline in an exclusive interview with her and President Joe Biden.
Melvin noted that the addition could be particularly difficult for the younger of Biden’s two German Shepherds, Major. The rowdy 3-year-old rescue dog struggled to adjust to life in the White House and received additional training after he was allegedly involved in a pair of “pinch” incidents earlier this year.
Jill Biden said Major is ready.
“It was part of his training. They took him to a shelter with cats,” she said. “He did well.”
The president was asked if the cat was his idea. He simply replied, “No.”
Despite her cat-friendly stance, Jill Biden backed her husband’s claim that Major is a good boy.
“He’s a lovely, lovable dog. He really is,” said the first lady.
Major and the Bidens’ older dog, Champ, are far from the first presidential dogs to share 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a cat. Former President George W. Bush had two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, in addition to their cat, India, and former President Bill Clinton had a dog named Buddy and a cat named Socks.