Rus­sia’s dog-lov­ing leader gets an­other puppy as gift

The Expositor (Brantford) - - WORLD NEWS -

MOSCOW — An­other sum­mit, an­other dog. For the third time, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has been given a puppy as a gift. This one is a Cen­tral Asian Shep­herd be­stowed by the pres­i­dent of Turk­menistan on Wednesday. Turk­menistan Pres­i­dent Gur­ban­guly Berdy­mukhame­dov pre­sented Putin with the puppy as a birth­day gift. Putin, an avid dog lover, turned 65 over the week­end. Putin cud­dled Verny, which is Rus­sian for “loyal,” and kissed the pup on the head dur­ing a meet­ing in the Rus­sian Black Sea re­sort of Sochi. Putin pre­vi­ously re­ceived a Bul­gar­ian shep­herd named Buffy from Bul­garia’s pre­mier and an Akita named Yume from a Ja­panese of­fi­cial.

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