While America seems to have a little bit of a partisan problem these days, a pair of North Korean Pungsan dogs is proving that anyone can come together when it comes to canines.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not necessarily known to be super sentimental, nor have relations with South Korea ever been mushy-gushy. But the leader of North Korea has just shown the world that dogs are life and can unite people in ways that…well, people can’t even do themselves.
Kim sent South Korean President Moon Jae-in a pair of dogs as a gift, and the white North Korean Pungsan dogs were well-received by the known animal lover Moon. In what can only be believed to be an effort to show a thawing in the relations between the two countries, the gifts came after Moon and Kim recently met for the third time this year in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
At that meeting, Kim offered the idea of the gifts to the South Korean leader, and though they went through the still very heavily armored and protected demilitarized zone (DMZ), they safely made their way to the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea. This is where Kim met Moon for the first time earlier this year.
The North Korean Pungsan breed is named for a North Korean county and they are known to be loyal hunting dogs. They are rumored to be able to hunt tigers even, and they’ve been designated by North Korea as a ‘natural monument’ animal.
The pair will join Moon’s dog Tori, who was the first shelter dog to become the First Dog at the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential estate. Moon adopted Tori just two years after he took office in July of 2017, and showed his country a commitment to dogs as pets (not food) that animal advocates hope spreads throughout both the Koreas.
Kim is following in the footsteps of his father, the former leader of North Korea, who sent two Pungsan dogs to the then South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung in 2000 when they held the first-ever inter-Korean Summit.
And two dogs shall lead them…