Yesterday, I thought I had solved the issue of world peace with my idea to allow dogs into all diplomatic meetings. Leave it to man, or more specifically former Russian President Vladimir Putin, to mess up a good idea.
Ex-President George W. bush is still telling the story about when Bad Vlad Putin met Barney, his pet Scottish Terrier. According to a report on Dubya's visit to Calgary today
(The former prez) told a story he said he had recently related to Canadian) Prime Minister Stephen Harper, about introducing Vladimir Putin to his Scottish Terrier, Barney. To Putin, the dog “looked like a Monopoly piece.” Later, in Russia, Putin asked Bush if he would like to meet his dog. “So out bounds this huge hound,” said Bush. Putin looked at Bush: “Faster, stronger and bigger than Barney,” Putin, then president of Russia, told Bush.
Quipped Harper when Bush finished the story: “At least he only showed you his dog.”
Note, that the Putins' dog is a Labrador Retriever, part of the Sporting Group not the Hound Group. And his Poodle is part of the Toy Group, whom I am sure Barney could take...