Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has invited Russians to suggest a new name for a puppy gifted by his Bulgarian counterpart during his recent trip to Sofia. The original name of the Bulgarian Shepherd puppy was “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 was given to Putin 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 - an 11-year-old Black Labrador named Connie.
"It is very important how these two will build their relations," Peskov was quoted as saying by Russia Today TV.
Putin’s love for puppy 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.