Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has invited Russians to help him come up with a name for his new puppy, which he received as a gift from his Bulgarian counterpart.
“Anyone who wishes to can send their suggestion of a male name for the prime minister’s new dog to his site,” a government statement said on its official website www.premier.gov.ru.
After Moscow and Sofia signed a series of accords to boost the South Stream gas pipeline, Putin was all smiles when Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov presented the Karakachan dog to the 58-year-old leader.
The puppy will have to share the canine spotlight with Putin’s beloved black Labrador Connie.
Putin once boasted that Connie was bigger than former US President George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier Barney.
“Of course, it is very important that they build their relationship,” the government statement said of the dogs.