Putin: I Love My Puppy

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MOSCOW (AP) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he loves Buffy, his new puppy, even though the Bulgarian shepherd leaves puddles and piles around the house. Buffy, a cute caramel-and-white-patched dog, was given to Putin by Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov in Sofia last month. Last week a young Russian boy won a national competition to name the male dog. Asked Thursday during a live call-in show as to how Buffy's doing, Putin replied: ''Excellently.'' Putin said: ''He draws me huge puddles around the entire house, and leaves piles. But he's a very pretty boy, of course, and I love him.'' Putin, who was referred to as ''Alpha Dog'' by US diplomats in a leaked diplomatic cable published recently by WikiLeaks, is in his element around animals.

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