Sky News has reported that Boris Johnson discussed getting a dog in Downing Street with Number 10 staff.
The new prime minister is said to have told staff that previously Number 10 cat “Larry” and the Foreign Office cat “Palmerston” – who he would have known from his time as foreign secretary – didn’t get along. Mr Johnson said he was coming into office in the spirit of reconciliation.
He then asked the staff: “Do you want a dog?” And the staff replied: “Yes.”
Dogs are a much more common choice of pet for US presidents than UK prime ministers, with Barack Obama having “Bo” and “Sunny” – two Portuguese Water Dogs – during his time in the White House.
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