The president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov unveiled a 19-foot, gold-coated sculpture of his favorite breed of dog in the country’s capital on Thursday.The gilded statue, which honors the Central Asian shepherd dog known locally as Alabai, is erected on a traffic circle in Ashgabat, the Central Asian country’s capital city.
“Pride and self-confidence” are reflected in the massive monument that shows the robust-looking dog standing alert with its head held high, the state news agency of Turkmenistan said.As per several pictures and videos that are now making the rounds of the internet, the statue unveiling ceremony included songs, dance, and a real Alabai puppy.
According to a New York post, the pedestal below the canine statue features a wraparound LED screen showing the country’s beloved breed of the dog running around in various settings.
erdymukhamedov, who is unofficially known as the “Arkadag”, or protector of the former Soviet Union republic has described the Alabai, or Central Asian shepherd dog, as national heritage.
Apart from writing a book and a poem about the breed, the 63-year-old has also famously gifted an Alabai puppy to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his 65th birthday in 2017..