As far as diplomacy goes, exchanging gifts between leaders of two countries is not new. For such gifts, personal taste and fondness of leaders are also taken into consideration. Keeping in mind that Russian President Vladimir Putin loves dogs, he was presented with a pup for his 56th birthday by Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Russian leader was presented with a shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, during a meeting in Sochi, Russia. Along with the handmade carpets and the ancient Akhal Teke breed of racehorses, it is officially listed as part of Turkmenistan’s national heritage, Reuters reported.
According to reports, Putin named the cute fluffy as Verny which means “faithful” in Russian. Soon photos of the leader with the dog spread like wildfire on social media platforms, with the small clip of the leader kissing and pampering the pup going viral.
Dog lover Putin pic.twitter.com/THHdMprZNY
— Мысли Перзидента (@VVP2_0) October 12, 2017
Tweeple couldn’t stop but express their emotions and one of the users also called it “oddly heartwarming”, while another remarked, “Vladimir Putin looks so gentle with the pup.” While many others slammed the way the Turkmenistan’s President held the dog.
I love this. Putin actually seems to be concerned about the puppy. Turkmenistan is my fave. https://t.co/wKF0OPCY0o
— STU BURGUIERE (@WorldOfStu) October 11, 2017
Putin got a puppy for his birthday and the handoff was totally normal pic.twitter.com/lwNPaIA38i
— Ryan Perry (@rynprry) October 11, 2017
That’s oddly heartwarming. I really don’t know how to feel about seeing a human side of Putin. pic.twitter.com/Lao1vMP2qw
— #SassyPope (@JackiVerbeck) October 11, 2017
I know the scruff of the neck kinda doesn’t hurt the pup but still Christ that was terrible
— 🇸🇻🌹Karen🌹🇸🇻 (@churutes) October 11, 2017
What a coincidence! Putin calls Trump “Faithful” as well.
— 97.5 KBU Malibu (@975kbu) October 11, 2017
— Muhammet Keleş (@kelessh) October 12, 2017
Putin’s Puppy is certainly cuter, more likable, and more well-behaved than Putin’s Puppet. pic.twitter.com/RniV6F5U6P
— CeeLee (@CeeLeeMusic) October 11, 2017
— Dr. Dementia (@GrantFricks) October 12, 2017
Putin’s dog should be called Puptin.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) October 11, 2017
— princesslolitacat (@princesslolitac) October 13, 2017
But more than these reactions, it didn’t take much time for the viral pictures to turn into a meme. On Reddit, users have been engaged in a photoshop battle, and quite unsurprisingly it involves US President Donald Trump.
Take a look at some of the memes here: