Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan Watch live: Biden Cabinet officials testify on infrastructure plan Biden looks to bolster long-term research and development MORE says he gets along "just fine" with President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE's dog Major, despite the less-than-pristine reputation of the furry first family member.

"First time I went in for an Oval Office meeting, Major was there and said a quick hello. We got along pretty well," Buttigieg said in an interview with TMZ's Harvey Levin released Tuesday.

"I know there've been some stories about him," Buttigieg said. "But my interactions with him have been great," he insisted.


The Bidens' 3-year-old German Shepherd — believed to be the first shelter rescue dog to live in the White House — has made headlines in recent months following multiple reported biting incidents.

Last month, the White House told CNN that Major "nipped someone on a walk" while on the South Lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The incident came just weeks after another biting incident involving the canine, in which a White House staff member sustained minor injuries.

There was also a reported bathroom accident in the halls of the White House, but it was unclear if the perpetrator was Major or the Bidens' older dog, Champ.

Biden has defended his pet, calling Major a "sweet" animal that was adjusting to a bustling household in Washington alongside unfamiliar faces among the staff and Secret Service details.

In his interview with Levin, Buttigieg, 39, laughed as he showed all his fingers to prove Major didn't mistake him for some kibble.

"I'm all good," he said. "No incidents."


The former South Bend, Ind., mayor said he even wants to have a doggie get-together with the high-profile pooch.

"I haven't yet had a chance to introduce him to Buddy and Truman, our dogs."

—Updated at 6:18 p.m.