Prime minister Boris Johnson and his new fiancée Carrie Symonds adopted their Jack Russell cross from an animal shelter in Wales last year. Since then, little Dilyn has become a popular feature on Ms Symond’s social media posts.
Downing Street reshuffle?
However, The Times newspaper has claimed that the dog was sickly and was likely to be moved out of Number 10 once the couple's new baby arrives. The paper reported that the couple had grown tired of the mess the dog made in their Downing Street residence.
But Ms Symonds, a vocal supporter of animal rights, has furiously dismissed any suggestion that she could soon be parting ways with her canine companion.
What a load of total crap! There has never been a happier, healthier and more loved dog than our Dilyn. 100% bs. The people behind this story should be ashamed of themselves. https://t.co/2TIEPqzdMK— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) March 11, 2020
Dilyn started life in a Welsh puppy farm and was eventually dumped by puppy farmers because of his crooked jaw.
“Most excellent animal”
Boris Johnson has previously described the little dog as "a most excellent animal".
Dilyn is often seen being walked near No 10, while Ms Symonds regularly posts photos of the little dog on her social media feeds. Dilyn has become so well known, he even has several parody Twitter accounts too.
Dilyn arrived hot on the paws of Larry, the famous Downing Street cat who became Number 10’s chief mouser.