Putin seeks name suggestions for new puppy

Russian PM has sought the help of Russians to suggest a new name for a puppy gifted by his Bulgarian counterpart.

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 18:21 PM IST

Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has
sought the help of Russians to suggest a new name for a puppy
gifted by his Bulgarian counterpart during his recent trip to
Sofia.

The Bulgarian Shepherd puppy was originally named
Yorgo, but Putin has decided to rename, the Russian Prime
Minister`s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, told reporters.

The puppy was raised in the personal kennel of
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Putin received it
as a present during a visit to Bulgaria earlier this month.

"All Russians can submit dog names via the Internet
and Putin will look through them all," Peskov said.

He said the puppy now lives at Putin`s countryside
residence, Novo-Ogoryovo, but has not yet been introduced to
Putin`s other dog - a 10-year-old Labrador bitch named Koni.

"It is very important how these two will build their
relations," Peskov was quoted as saying by Russia Today TV.

Putin`s puppy love was in the news recently when it
was revealed that he told former President George W Bush that
his dog was "bigger, stronger, faster," than Bush`s Scottish
terrier.

PTI