We can keep animals from participating in politics in the usual ways, but some still find a way to express an opinion.
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 favorite 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.
We might suggest that Mr. Putin hire some more qualified bodyguards - "Astounded" clearly has no experience with dogs and their most routine sorts of bad behavior.