Biden grandchildren name new dog

December 26, 2008 5:26:40 AM PST
Vice president-elect Joe Biden's new German shepherd puppy has a name. Biden's granddaughters chose the name "Champ." Biden's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, says the girls revealed their choice as the family gathered on Christmas morning. She says when Biden was a child his father called him Champ.

Biden selected the dog from a kennel in Chester County, Pa., earlier this month. The dog is being trained by New Castle County Police Cpl. Mark Tobin, who owns a dog obedience school.

Biden took some heat from animal rights activists for buying Champ from a breeder. He is planning to adopt a second pooch that will come from an animal shelter.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal


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