"When Putin and Merkel meet, they sometimes speak in German (he’s better in her language than she is in his), and Putin corrects his own interpreter to let Merkel know that nothing is lost on him," George Packer of The New Yorker writes in a profile of Merkel.
"Putin’s brand of macho elicits in Merkel a kind of scientific empathy."As the dog approached and sniffed her, Merkel froze, visibly frightened.
So they work together often — although not always smoothly.
She'd been bitten once, in 1995, and her fear of dogs couldn't have escaped Putin, who sat back and enjoyed the moment, legs spread wide. Merkel had the presence of mind to reply, in Russian, 'It doesn’t eat journalists, after all.' ... 'I understand why he has to do this — to prove he's a man,' she told a group of reporters. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy.
All they have is this.' The Kremlin has used animals to antagonize world leaders before.
Oakman slips on a white tank top and enters the pizza parlor as Duke, Daisy and 75-pound Dame follow closely behind, eventually curling up in a corner while he eats a calzone.
Oakman takes the dogs—and often his ball python, Baloo—with him everywhere.