The Scottish Terrier and Dog News has told the story of Vladimir Putin, dog bully and secret poodle lover, many times before, but we had never heard the Stephen Harper angle until today and we are amused and, to tell the truth, a bit surprised that the Canadian PM would say something like that. But, then again, he’s just full of surprises.
In summary, for those of you that don’t know the story, Reuters reports that it’s recounted in George W. Bush’s memoirs, Decision Points, which are due out next Tuesday:
Bush says he had introduced then-Russian President Putin to his Scottish terrier, Barney, on a visit to the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.
Putin returned the favor when Bush visited Russia and Putin was giving him a tour of the grounds of his dacha.
“A big black Labrador came charging across the lawn. With a twinkle in his eye, Vladimir said, ‘Bigger, stronger, faster than Barney,'” Bush writes. A copy of the book was obtained by Reuters
Bush says he later told the story to the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, who replied: “You’re lucky he only showed you his dog.”