Major is still adjusting to his new home.
All dogs are good dogs, and there is nothing anyone can say or do to make me believe otherwise. That being said, dogs are as individual as people, and as such, have their own little quirks that don’t always mesh with the world around them. For example, if a dog were spend most of its life in a private home before suddenly being moved to a public building full of secret service agents, well, you’re kind of asking for a nip or two.
Earlier in the month, President Joe Biden’s 3-year-old adopted German shepherd, Major, was involved in a minor biting incident after he was surprised by someone unfamiliar to him. Luckily, it was just a nip that didn’t pierce the skin, so the guy who got bit was fine overall. Nevertheless, Major was briefly sent home to Delaware for some training, before returning to his family in the White House. Unfortunately, Major is still nervous, as he nipped once again, this time at a National Park Service employee on the White House’s South Lawn. The employee was promptly taken in for emergency treatment at the White House medical unit, where it was determined that the bite had not pierced the skin.
I’m gonna wait for Major Biden's side of the story, he deserves to be heard pic.twitter.com/nqZcABFwNX
— JushForLife (@jush_for_fun) March 30, 2021
Shortly after the first biting incident, Biden spoke about Major’s difficulties adjusting in an interview with ABC News.
“I guess what surprised me is the White House itself, living there. Every door you turn to, there’s a guy there in a black jacket,” Biden said. “You turn a corner, and there’s two people you don’t know at all. And he moves to protect.”
“But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail. But … I realize some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with.”