April 1, 2009 / 5:14 PM / 10 years ago

Putin's dog eats Russian party bosses' food

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watches his dog Koni that wears a GPS device on its collar in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, October 17, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s pet dog gobbled up a special tea prepared for bosses of Russia’s ruling party Wednesday.

While Putin discussed ways to help the local food industry, his favourite black Labrador Koni slinked into a room at his residence and tucked into delicacies prepared for leaders of his United Russia party.

“Koni ate everything,” said one of Putin’s astounded bodyguards.

Putin’s spokesman said Koni, who has the run of Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, had eaten some pastries, biscuits and jellied desserts.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Charles Dick

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