Pups are back in the White House!

By Benny Huckleberry as told to Liz Hoffmann | Feb 04, 2021

Last week my human explained to me that there was a new day starting in the White House. I listened with patience, since I’m not typically interested in politics. I really don’t even know what “politics” are except I did understand that another man would be leading the country now. My human said she was hopeful about things getting better and there being less anger and name-calling by the people at the top. She was happy, and so that meant that I was happy too. And with that in mind, we sat down together and watched the inauguration on television. There was a lot of fanfare and celebration and while I didn’t care for the fireworks at all, the singing got me howling, and the poetry made my human cry. So, all and all it seemed like a great day. What I didn’t know however, was that the best news was yet to come.

Pups are back in the White House and one of them is a rescue dog! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have shelter dogs like me acknowledged and represented! We deserve our place in history too, having served in wars, with the infirm, and for those with physical challenges to name just a few of the ways in which we’ve helped. And now, we get to lay claim to a warm dog bed in that famous house on Pennsylvania Avenue! Never in history has there been a rescue dog living in the White House and this is wonderful news. The Bidens' two dogs are Champ and Major. Champ is the same age as my canine sister, Ilsa, and the same breed. He’s not a rescue dog, but that’s OK, we love him just the same. Both he and Ilsa are German Shepherds and both are seniors, at 12 years old. I’ve been told that Champ has experience in politics, since President Biden had him when he was vice president. Anyway, I told Ilsa about Champ and showed her pictures of how handsome he was, and she now has a huge crush on Champ! (My human and I find that very funny, and I’m not jealous at all since I doubt she’ll ever actually meet him.)

The second dog is named Major and he was adopted from a shelter. Like me, he was a sickly puppy and yet with kind humans saving him and then caring for him, he has grown into a most handsome and robust boy. Kind of like me again! But he’s not a herding dog mix like me; he’s a German Shepherd too.

It seems that Ilsa and I have so much in common with the new White House pups and I feel like we will have good representation going forward. Maybe there will be some new kind initiatives to help shelter dogs or stray dogs? Like spay and neuter, or more food programs so people falling on hard times don’t have to give up their dogs? A pup can dream, can’t he?

So, on this frigid cold day in the dead of winter, my excitement about these two dogs is keeping me warm. I am looking forward to the future and to hearing all about Major and Champ. We rescue dogs now have a documented place in American history, a comfy bed in the White House, and all I’d like to add is that it’s about time!

Love to you,

Benny H.

Benny H. is a 7-year-old mixed-breed dog who enjoys writing, meeting new people, and providing companionship to his loving adopter, Liz Hoffmann. They live in Connecticut. Liz has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and opening her heart to shelter animals.

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