Bidens welcome new family cat named Willow to White House

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden have adopted Willow, a 2-year-old gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.

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1/28/2022 4:45:00 PM

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden have adopted Willow, a 2-year-old gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden have adopted Willow, a 2-year-old gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.

.The Bidens, after consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation and send Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends, LaRosa said last month.Champ, who had been with the family for 13 years,

died in Juneat age 13. The dog, who was purchased from a Pennsylvania breeder, was welcomed into the family on Christmas Day of 2008 and named by Biden's granddaughters."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,"

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Are you serious with this worthless news!!! thank you, there at least 6 'farm cats' currently on my property. I can't help all of them. Farmers want mousers but do not care at all about the cats! They should name is Student loans. The only good thing he ever did! I think the cat voted for him in the last election and he’s making good on his campaign promise

I’m so sorry Willow gods speed I LOV WILLOW. She is a pretty Cat. So glad POTUS is staying focused on what is important. 😽 And now a Cat is on public assistance in The White House, what will the GOP do now. It's snowing in Germantown.

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sent back to the Bidens' Delaware home for training . The Bidens, after consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, decided to follow the experts’ collective recommendation and send Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends, LaRosa said last month. Champ, who had been with the family for 13 years, died in June at age 13. The dog, who was purchased from a Pennsylvania breeder, was welcomed into the family on Christmas Day of 2008 and named by Biden's granddaughters. "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," read a statement from the White House announcing the animal’s death . "Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us." FILE - President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 5, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) The Bidens said in his younger days, Champ was the 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," their statement continued. "We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always." Presidential pets have inhabited the White House since its beginning Presidential pets are an American political tradition that dates back to the first U.S. President George Washington, who was also a dog lover and breeder. Washington had many dogs of many different breeds, and the American Kennel Club even recognizes him as the father of the American Foxhound. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a dog named Fala during his presidency. The Scottish terrier was the only presidential pet to ever be featured in a statue at a president’s memorial. The Kennedy children didn’t stop at just dogs, they also had ducklings, hamsters, a rabbit and even a Connemara pony named Leprechaun — given to them by the president of Ireland. One horse wasn’t enough for Ronald Reagan, who kept several horses and two cats in addition to his many dogs. The Clintons kept a cat named Socks during Bill’s presidency, and Socks was one of the world’s most famous cats well before felines like "Grumpy Cat" became Internet famous. Socks lived in the White House for both terms and was even drawn by famous political cartoonist Pat Oliphant. Socks was not pleased when Buddy the dog moved into the White House, and the two had to be kept in separate living quarters. Former President George W. Bush’s first dog was a Scottie named Barney, who gave annual tours of the White House’s holiday decorations via his "Barney Cam" videos. In 2005, Bush adopted another Scottie for his wife Laura, who named the 10-week-old puppy Miss Beazley. In addition to India the cat, the Bushes also cared for a longhorn cow named Ofelia who