Pets of Vladimir Putin

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Pets of Vladimir Putin
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Konni in August 2001
Other name(s) Koni (Кони)
Breed Labrador Retriever
Sex Female
Born Connie Paulgrave (Ко́нни По́лгрейв)
1999
Died 2014 (aged 15 years)
Offspring At least eight puppies

Vladimir Putin loves animals, and is actively engaged in the protection of rare species in the wild. Putin is the President of Russia (2000-2008 and 2012-present).

Pets[edit]

Two dogs currently live in President Putin's residence in Moscow: Yume and Buffy.

Dogs[edit]

Yume (2012 to Present)[edit]

In July 2012, Yume, a three-month old Akita Inu puppy, arrived in Moscow from Tokyo, Japan. Yume is the Akita Prefecture’s gift to show gratitude for Russia’s assistance after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1][2][3][4][5]

Buffy (2010 to Present)[edit]

Buffy, a male puppy, was given to President Vladimir Putin by Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, during a visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, on 13 November 2010.[6][7]

Buffy is a caramel and white Bulgarian shepherd Karakachan Dog. Buffy was ten weeks old when he was given to Putin.[8] Buffy was born in Boyko Borisov's personal nursery in August 2010, under the name, Yorgo. Buffy was the eldest of a ten-puppy litter.

Buffy's breed is known to be brave and to guard property and livestock, and was commonly used as an Army watchdog in the past. Putin admitted that the arrival of Buffy was completely unexpected. Buffy's first home in Russia was Putin’s country residence, Novo-Ogaryovo.[9]

After receiving the unexpected present, Putin announced a contest to select a new name for the puppy. The winner was Dima Sokolov, 5 years old, who proposed the name, Buffy. President Putin invited Dima Sokolov and his family to Novo-Ogaryovo, where the boy played with Buffy, while the President had a conversation with his parents.[10]

President Putin described Buffy’s character as persevering. Putin recounts that Konni’s attitude towards Buffy was benevolent, although Buffy sometimes pulls Konni by the ears. Konni responds with patient composure.

Konni (1999 to 2014)[edit]

Konni (Russian: Ко́нни, 1999–2014), full name Connie Paulgrave (Ко́нни По́лгрейв), was a female black Labrador Retriever.

Konni with President Vladimir Putin in 2001.

Konni was born in 1999 at a cynology centre located at the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Noginsk, where she was to be trained as a search and rescue dog. Konni's parents are Henrietta Bush (mother) and Alkor Ross Bradford (father). In December 2000, Konni was presented to President Vladimir Putin as a gift by Sergey Shoygu. Konni was often seen at the President's side, including at staff meetings, and when Putin greeted world leaders during their visits to Russia.

Since Konni became part of the Putin family, she was featured largely in the life of the President, and was regularly at her master's side. In 2007, organizers of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which is a regional meeting of the World Economic Forum, wrote to the Presidential Administration requesting a photograph of the President for his accreditation badge, and the Putin Administration sent back to the organisers a photograph of Putin sitting in an armchair next to a fireplace with Konni lying at his feet.

Konni responded to simple commands given to her by Putin, including "down!" (Russian: Лежать!, Lezhat!), "sit!" (Сидеть!, Sidet'!), "heel!" (Рядом!, Ryadom!), "go!" (Фас!, Fas!) and "bark!" (Голос!, Golos!), in addition to shaking hands.

Although Konni was, for the most part, allowed to attend meetings with Putin, on occasion she was kept away from such functions. In 2003, journalists traveled to Sochi to discuss various issues with the President. Upon arrival at Bocharov Ruchei, Konni, who was described as cheerful and inquisitive, greeted the journalists. When it came time to start the meeting, Putin's security detail stopped Konni from following him. As the journalists and Putin started walking down the staircase, Konni rushed towards them and began to bark loudly at Putin. Konni, in what appeared to be an expression of dissatisfaction in not being allowed to participate in the meeting, continued barking, and refused several orders by Putin to come to him.

In December 2004, Konni was taken to a children's New Year's Eve party at the State Kremlin Palace by Putin. While Putin was on stage giving a speech to the media, politicians and the public, Konni escaped from her holdings and joined her owner on stage.

In December 2007, Sergey Ivanov updated Putin on the progress of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS, when Putin enquired whether he would be able to buy a device hooked into GLONASS that would allow him to keep track of Konni. Ivanov advised Putin that collars for pets would be available in mid-2008.[11] The collar was demonstrated to Putin on Konni on 17 October 2008, making Konni the first recipient of a GLONASS-enabled pet collar.

Konni became a symbol of friendly meetings between the Russian President and world leaders, and was allowed to attend official meetings.[12]

Konni died in late 2014, at age 15 years old.

Konni's Photo Gallery

Horses[edit]

  • On 1 March 2017, the Kyrgyz Government gave Vladimir Putin a pedigree race horse, which he quickly befriended with a carrot.[13]

Wild animals[edit]

Big cats[edit]

  • On 3 May 2010, Putin visited Sochi National Park to release one of the female Leopards brought to Russia from Iran into an open-air enclosure.[14]
  • On 8 November 2012, Putin is seen with the real-life mascot of the 2014 Winter Olympics, an endangered Snow Leopard.[15]
  • On 4 February 2014, Putin visited the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center at the Sochi National Park.[16][17]
  • On 18 May 2014, Putin released a Siberian Tiger named Kuzya into the wild.[18][19][20][21]

Horses[edit]

  • On 3 October 2016, Putin visited a reserve for Przewalski's horses outside Orenburg, Russia.[22]

Siberian cranes[edit]

  • On 7 September 2012, Putin took part in a project to save the Siberian cranes on his way to meet the leaders of APEC countries in Vladivostok. To do it, he had to make three sorties on a hang-glider from a local ornithological station to lead the cranes raised in a nursery into the sky for their first flight. Adorned in white overalls to resemble a bird, Putin did manage to get some cranes to fly.[13]

Marine animals[edit]

  • On 1 September 2013, when Putin visited the construction site of the Vladivostok Oceanarium in 2013, Putin was greeted cordially by the staff and the performers. Three dolphins applauded the president for feeding them fish, while the walruses even shook his hand.[13][23]
  • On 4 August 2015, Putin attended a killer whale show at the opening of Moscow's Oceanarium.[24]

Polar bears[edit]

  • On 29 April 2010, Putin hugged and tagged a giant polar bear in the Arctic.[25][26]

Animal protection organizations[edit]

Russian Geographical Society[edit]

Putin is Chairman of the Russian Geographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and is actively engaged in the protection of rare species. The programs are being conducted by the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences.[27]

The animal species under his personal patronage are:

International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW)[edit]

  • On 15 December 2016, American actress and animal rights activist, Pamela Anderson and IFAW officials, including Elena Zharkova from IFAW Russia, met with Kremlin officials to discuss animal welfare and conservation.[33][34][35][36][37]

Animal videos[edit]

  • Vladimir Putin interacting with various animals.[38]

See also[edit]

Animals[edit]

Activism[edit]

References[edit]

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