Skip to comments.George W. Bush: Vladimir Putin ‘dissed’ Barney the dog
Posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
George W. Bush: Vladimir Putin dissed Barney the dog By: Tal Kopan April 4, 2014 08:13 AM EDT
Former President George W. Bush is unveiling a new painting exhibit Saturday that features some of his renderings of the world leaders he worked with during his time in office, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin, yeah, I met with him a lot during the presidency, Bush said as he described the painting during an interview with his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, for NBCs Today show. I got to know him very well. I had a good relationship throughout, it became more tense as time went on.
Previewing the never-before-seen works, including by the leaders depicted themselves, Bush said the paintings reflect his relationships with the leaders.
Vladimirs a person who in many ways views the U.S. as an enemy, Bush said. And although he wouldnt say that, I felt that he viewed the world as either the U.S. benefits and Russia loses or vice-versa. I tried of course to dispel him of that notion.
Bush said he learned some of Putins character when he introduced the Russian leader to another one of his favorite painting subjects: his dog Barney.
Our dear dog Barney, who has a special spot in my heart. I introduced him to Putin: Putin kind of dissed him, Bush told his daughter. You call that a dog? A year later, your mom and I go to visit Vladimir at his Dacha outside of Moscow and he says, Would you like to meet my dog? Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish Terrier. And Putin looks at me and says, Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.
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I hope George didn’t show him his pocket knife.
Dat’s Not a knife. Dis is a KNIFE!!!
Well...Barney was kind of foo-foo.
Not a big Putin fan, but got to go with Vlad on the dog thing.
Well he did bite a reporter.
Geez....It was humor.....I say that to everyone that has a weiner dog.
I know what you’re thinking...and I’m not sure who would have won
Yes, that was a great moment.
“Putin looks at me and says, Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.”
LOL sounds to me Putin has inferiority complex.
Does all make you wonder what he’s compensating for. Maybe Vlad’s meat department is short on sirloin?
Terriers are all heart and won’t back down from a bigger dog. You have to admire the kamikaze spirit in them.
Barney was foo-foo. If it’s around the size of a football, it’s not a real dog.
And Putin looks at Obama and says that Russia is 'Bigger, stronger and faster' than Obama's America.
Obama is a yipping world lapdog.
Putin rides from the back of bears! (Was that a photoshop? If not, still totally believable!)
It gives him a permanent pout.
It’s always been his eyes for me. He’s one of those people with darkness behind the eyes. A window to the soul? Perhaps.
Mr. h and I have two of the silliest foo-foos in the world!
One weighs in at 8 lb; the other's fighting weight is around 20 lb.
I tell you, they will tear your ankles off! Unless they are running around the house with either my shoes of Mr. h's shoes.
Man, they love teasing and running around with our shoes and socks - especially when they see both me and Mr. h getting dressed to leave the house together. Esp. when we are in a hurry.
They will steal our shoes and socks as we are trying to put them on.
I bet they would do the same to Putin. Our canines are not xenophobic! But, I'd hate to see Putin's dogs up against ours.
Our dogs are patriots but no match for any of Putin's hounds, who are probably as KGB as Putin.
What exactly is foo-foo about a Scottie?
We have a three and a half pound Maltese, and the whole planet should rejoice that he’s not 90 pounds and four times larger in size: I’d let him outside to potty and he come back later on carrying human body parts and automobile tires in his mouth, probably.
Utterly fearless beast with a strict sense of guard dog duty and an enormous ‘little guy’ chip on his shoulder. Flies into combat at the drop of a hat.
Not a big Putin fan, but got to go with Vlad on the dog thing.
Same here. Silly little dog for a grown man.
“What exactly is foo-foo about a Scottie?”
I know... it’s an alligator with hair. I’ve seen what they can do to large farm rats and even ground hogs.
Vlad’s got to know that you need the right size dog for the job. A Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) ain’t going to cut it when you need a tunnel rat (Vietnam reference).
Yeah he needs a big truck.
At my son’s high school, the guy with the biggest truck is rumored to have the biggest “set”. Guys try to get a really big truck so they can have the honor. This year, the biggest truck award goes to.....my son’s girlfriend’s F250.
When she pulls into the lot, you see people deflate. It’s her dad’s truck.
I thought Barney was Laura’s dog.
I have a mixed terrier and she is just as you said - feisty and won’t back down, regardless of the size of the other dog She tried to take on a huge German Shepherd last week. That do would have eaten her for lunch, but she stood her ground. Bless her heart. Fortunately, that over-sized shepherd wasn’t hungry.
“Bigger, stronger and faster”
That was pretty much the Soviet’s attempted strategy for then entire cold war.
Putin did the same thing to Obama. He brought his dog out and said “This is a dog”. Obama pushed Michele forward and said “No this is a dog”. Putin capitulated.
Bush should have responded “Vlad, it’s a dog, not a penis.”
“Hey Vlad, I see that big dog of yours. Got any BBQ sauce” -Barry Obama
Bigger dogs are often bemused & confused when confronted by a small dog that’s “all-in” for combat.
Awww. Here's mine, though he's 5 pounds. He's not particularly a tough guy, though he fears almost nothing.
I know... its an alligator with hair.
An alligator with hair, LOL. As someone who owned Scotties for many years, that's one of the best descriptions I've ever heard. When the first breeders were setting the genes that would eventually result in the AKC-recognized Scottie breed, this is how they decided which of their stock to use for furthering the desired breed characteristics: they'd put a live badger into a closed barrel. Then they'd put the Scottie dog into the barrel with the badger. If the Scottie dog lived, they used it for breeding.
He literally would protect us with his little life:
Yup. As a group, terriers are feisty little buggers. You could make a case for a Yorkie being a “foo-foo” dog, but remember that group also includes the dreaded pit bull!
As I recall, shih tzus were originally bred as guard dogs.
That’s because they were bred to kill vermin.
When he gets on the back of the couch to look up and down the street for intruders and guard the house — I tell people he’s looking for YETI.
They were indeed, bred to guard temples in Nepal and Tibet.
I love dogs, big and small. I personally think it’s a mistake to look for validation of manhood in a dog. A strong man doesn’t need a 4x4, or a fierce breed of dog, to be strong.
When Bush was president, his military was the biggest, meanest dog on the block.
Pit Bull: scaled-up terrier meant for bigger game. Bears, wild boar, etc.
Most dog breeds were developed in a pre-industrial era when dogs were customized to perform tasks around the farm. ie. herding, hunting, controlling vermin, etc.
Form follows function.
That makes me wonder: just what function was a Chihuahua bred for, aside from fitting into a woman’s purse?
That’s pretty much it. The Toy Breeds were bred small basically for companionship. That the one breed grouping which (for the most part) lacks a “common job”. Toys are all over the map.
Yorkshire Terriers are considered “Toys” by the AKC, but that’s more like the NFL trying to ‘balance’ the number of teams per division, conference.
Similar thing goes on with the “Non-Sporting” group. Standard Poodles were originally developed for hunting water fowl. By rights they should be a “Sporting” Breed with all the other “Gun Dogs”. But I suspect that was a numbers game too. The fact that Poodles have outrageous hairdo’s probably making them show-pieces probably also has something to do with it.
Knowing the sort of lives most poodles lead nowadays, I found it rather interesting when I learned they were originally bred as hunting dogs.
Standard Poodles are incredibly smart dogs. Sadly there seems to be more demand to out-cross them with labrador or golden retrievers to get a cross with a low-dander coat. I guess if it keeps a worthy breed alive then it’s worth it?
I have a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. Some say that they are a close cousin to the Standard Poodle. Another ‘smart’ dog. But it’s a dangerous kind of smart. He figures things out (like how to poach food when I’m not looking or how to let himself out of a gated fence). Plus he was raised with terriers and that messed with his psyche a bit!
A friend of mine had a beagle who was old and slow (he passed late last year). Except when there was food within easy reach; I saw him steal a tri-tip right off the grille once.
However, it chases deer. (woof woof whine woof howl woof woof). It runs out to the electric fence border, jumps up, and starts barking. The deer stare and ignore the dog aware of the fence for some reason.
My PWD has perfected the art of the ‘quick frisk’. Any person who doesn’t know him is going to have every pocket poked & sniffed as he passes by. He should be working for the TSA — nothing would get buy him (although I suspect some women might be offended).
Here’s some sage advice I gave my children, “do not own a dog that can take a bigger crap than you can.”