Venezuela’s national dog keeps Chavez legacy alive

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FILE - In this May 18, 2003 file photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a mucuchies pup during his radio and television show "Hello President" in Mucuchies, near Merida, Venezuela. The dog known as mucuchies, or Venezuelan sheepdog, was rescued from near-extinction and historical oblivion by Chavez and is now on its way to being internationally recognized as an official canine breed. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, File)MUCUCHIES, Venezuela (AP) — The Soviets made space dog Laika a national hero and Americans have fallen for presidential pets from Checkers to Bo. In Venezuela, a rare breed of shaggy sheepdog has come to symbolize the patriotic legacy of the late Hugo Chavez.

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