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

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Word -

MOSCOW -- An­other sum­mit, an­other dog.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Wed­nes­day added a puppy to the lit­ter of ca­nine com­pan­ions he's re­ceived as gifts. This one is a Cen­tral Asian Shep­herd be­stowed by the pres­i­dent of the ex-Soviet na­tion of Turk­menistan.

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 in 2010 and an Akita named Yume from a Ja­panese of­fi­cial in 2012.

Kon­nie, a black Labrador of Putin's who was fa­mous for ter­ri­fy­ing Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, died a few years ago. Putin re­ceived Kon­nie as a gift from a Rus­sian of­fi­cial in 1999.

The Rus­sian leader also has been given horses and even a tiger.

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