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2017-05-11 21:56
"First pets" to join Moon Jae-in in the presidential residence
By You Soo-sun 

President Moon Jae-in plans to take his pet dog named Maru and cat Jjing-jjing-i to live with him at Cheong Wa Dae. 

Former U.S. President Barack Obama kept his dogs in the White House during his term. His two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, won public affection.

Moon is also known for his love of pets. He vowed to make life safer for animals and won support from pet lovers and animal rights activists. The media often portrayed him playing happily with his pets during the presidential campaign.

Moon displayed great affection for his pets while on the campaign trail. “Maru doesn’t react much when he sees me every day at home in Yangsan. But when I return home from a trip, he smiles at me as if he’s a real person,” Moon said.

He has also promised to adopt a four-year-old dog named Tory, rescued from a dog meat farm two years ago. Tory has since stayed in an animal shelter in Seoul, but was unpopular with would-be adopters. Animal rights groups asked Moon to take him to Cheong Wa Dae, and Moon agreed.

Maru and Jjing-jjing-i are expected to accompany him to Cheong Wa Dae and become the “first pets” of the new administration.

Moon reportedly finds comfort in spending time with his pets.

 

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