The Russian President Vladimir Putin got the lil’ pooch as a belated birthday gift Wednesday from the president of Turkmenistan and you gotta see the video of the hand off. Full “Lion King” style.
The Central Asian shepherd pup’s name is Verny — Russian for “loyal” — and even though we’re normally suckers for anyone snuggling with cute puppies … still not enough to overlook alleged human rights atrocities on Putin’s watch.
Nothing personal, Verny but keep your head on a swivel, dawg!
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 11, 2017