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Joe Biden's puppy gets a name

December 29, 2008 |  5:27 pm

Joe Biden with his grandchildren

As promised, Joe Biden's grandchildren unveiled the name of his new German Shepherd puppy when the family gathered on Christmas morning. 

The puppy's brand-new name? Champ, according to Biden's spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander.  Politico reports:

The name has sentimental significance for Biden, whose dad always told him growing up, "Get up champ," whenever he was having a tough time. Biden often mentioned it in his campaign speeches, where he would recall his father saying "Any time you get knocked down, champ — get up!"

As we told you last week, the Bidens plan to adopt a second dog (likely a Golden Retriever) after the inauguration. Stay tuned!

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Biden with grandchildren Maisy, left, and Hunter at a campaign rally. Credit: Rob Carr / Associated Press.

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