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Russia's dog-loving leader gets another puppy as gift

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Maxim Shemetov, Pool Photo via AP Maxim Shemetov, Pool Photo via AP
(AP) -
Another summit, another dog.
   For the third time, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been given a puppy as a gift. This one is a Central Asian Shepherd bestowed by the president of Turkmenistan on Wednesday.
   Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov presented Putin with the puppy as a birthday gift. Putin, an avid dog lover, turned 65 over the weekend.
   Putin cuddled Verny, which is Russian for "loyal," and kissed the pup on the head during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
   Putin previously received a Bulgarian shepherd named Buffy from Bulgaria's premier and an Akita named Yume from a Japanese official.
   The Russian leader also has been given horses and even a tiger.
   Turkmenistan is a former Soviet republic.
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