There was a robust response from Downing St to a story suggesting the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was about to ditch Dilyn the dog.
Last September Mr Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds took delivery of the Jack Russell Terrier cross.
It was supplied by Friends for Animals Wales and during the last general election it was extremely visible helping to campaign for the Conservatives.
A story in the Times last Wednesday suggested that Dilyn was about to be reshuffled because it was a â€˜sickly animalâ€™ and due to the mess it was creating in the flat.
Allegedly a source told The Times that, â€˜For a while there was dog s**t everywhere in the flat.â€™
The article asserted that the dog could be moved on before the couple have their first child in the summer.
Carrie Symonds tweeted in response to the story, â€˜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.â€™
Eileen Jones who runs the rescue centre Dilyn was from tweeted, â€˜How very sad. They could have run a story on the crisis many rescues like ours face meeting the spiralling cost of saving dogs like Dilyn and their mothers. They could have asked @WGEnviroAgri why they have still not announced a date for #lucyslaw4wales. No! Print tosh instead.â€™
Marc Abraham who introduced the couple to the rescue and helped them find Dilyn said, â€˜BS story in the Times today!â€™
Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State in the Department for Food and Rural Affairs tweeted, â€˜It is hard to imagine a story being more wrong than this one.â€™
Bailey, the dog owned by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, tweeted, â€˜Have spoken to Dilyn and he says the story is barking.â€™