Thursday, October 21, 2021

Top dog: Greek leader’s pet disrupts news conference

ATHENS, GREECE – Peanuts has met with several European leaders since becoming Greece’s top dog in April.

On Thursday, the blonde-haired former maverick decided to make a loud introduction of herself—briefly disrupting a news conference hosted by the prime ministers of Greece and Slovakia.

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mistotakis expressed support for the country’s Balkan neighbors’ efforts to join the European Union and was momentarily frozen as peanuts could be heard barking loudly at the prime minister’s official residence a few meters away. Was.

“He is the dog we recently adopted who is often quite lively,” said Mitsotakis, turning to Eduard Hager from Slovakia, who laughed as he listened through an interpreter.

“This is the first time he has interfered during a press conference. Usually, he welcomes guests at the door and is more polite,” Mitsotakis said.

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He adopted Groundnut after meeting animal welfare volunteers on World Stray Animal Day in April. The dog, who usually wears a blue bandana over his collar, has been seen roaming the rooms of the official residence, known as the Maximos Mansion.

Mitsotakis’s government has led efforts to crack down on animal cruelty.

Parliament last year voted to make serious animal abuse punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Last week, lawmakers approved plans to create a national pet registry with DNA samples from cats and dogs that have not been sterilized.

Last year, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a former senior judge, adopted Calypso, a stray cat that was rescued on the island of Karpathos.

The two have been photographed together for social media posts.



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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