After gathering the whole family around the Christmas tree this morning, Vice President-elect Joe Biden's grandchildren announced the name of his new German shepherd puppy.
They chose to call the new pup "Champ," Biden's press secretary, Elizabeth Alexander said Thursday.
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!"
A few weeks ago Biden picked out a month-old male German shepherd from a breeder in Chester County, Pa. He was promised the post-election dog by his wife, Jill, who would tape pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of Biden on his campaign plane.
"I've had German Shepherds since I was a kid and I've actually trained them and shown them in the past," Biden said on ABC's "This Week" last Sunday.
Biden also revealed that his family will be getting another dog, this time from a pound, for Jill Biden, perhaps a Golden Retriever.
"Champ" will move into the vice presidential residence with the Bidens after the Inauguration.