Nothing says a long lifetime of cuddles better than a pooch this holiday season.

Ahead of the curve as the man of steel, Vladimir Putin always is, he’s already bestowed a lovely three month old Black Russian Terrier on his Latin counterpart, and Sean Penn idol, Hugo Chavez.

Sources have confirmed that Chavez was overjoyed by the Stalin Dog that was specially bred to be both a guard dog and companion. No dictator could deny this face.

Thanks, Santa Putin!

Update: Supposedly Chavez is set to ship out a Capybara, the world’s largest rodent and animal of Venezuela, in Yule Tidings to Putin this year. Wow. That says a lot.