A very good boy: Turkmenistan unveils six-meter-tall golden statue of president’s favorite dog breed
Six meters tall on a nine-meter-high plinth, the canine statue is in the middle of a busy roundabout, surrounded by a brand new housing development.
According to the Turkmen government, “the sculpture looks very majestic,” depicting the “dignity and self-assuredness” of the Alabai breed. The statue “is clearly visible from all sides and visible from a distance,” the statement says.
A dog is man’s best friend, but it seems one particular breed is the Turkmen’s pedigree chum.#Turkmenistan President #Berdymukhamedov has unveiled a statue to the Alabai – a type of sheepdog beloved of the nation’s people pic.twitter.com/vChBJnurVl— RT (@RT_com) November 12, 2020
On the plinth of the pedestal is a video screen, showing footage of Alabai dogs.
The decision to put up the monument was made by Berdymukhamedov himself; in 2019, he personally told officials what it should look like.
“Head, four legs, and definitely a tail! Write it down, write it down!” the president said.Also on rt.com WATCH: Turkmenistan president blows up explosive barrels with car-mounted MACHINE GUN in latest bizarre stunt
Berdymukhamedov’s love of dogs is well-known, and in 2017 he famously gifted an Alabai puppy to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his 65th birthday. Two years later, he gave the same present to then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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