New Feline in the White House


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It’s about time, a feline is back in the White House. Clearly the residence will benefit from a perspective from the other side of the litter box. Both Commander and Major, the Biden’s dogs, have approved.

Willow is a 2-year old green-eyed grey tabby, originally a farm cat from Pennsylvania, “Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she jumped up on the stage and interrupted her remarks during a campaign stop,” said Dr. Biden spokesperson Michael LaRosa said. “Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden.”

The cat is named Willow, named for the First Lady’s hometown of Willow Grove, PA.

“Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell and explore,” LaRosa added in a statement.

In April, the first lady said in an interview a cat was “waiting in the wings.” She has been fostered by acquaintances for the last several months.

The Bidens’ beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away this past June at the age of 13. Their other German Shepherd, a rescue named Major, has been living away from the White House after a handful of “incidents” involving staff at the White House.

The Biden’s say they reached out to dog trainers and veterinarians who suggested Major reside full time in a less stressful environment, so he lives in Delaware. Still, according to printed reports, both their new dog Commander, who does reside at the White House, and Major were “cat tested” to insure a lack of aggression around cats.

The last time there was a pet cat at the White House, it was India who was an integral part of the George W. Bush administration.