Read the letter George Osborne wrote pretending to be his dog
In December 2013, George Osborne announced the newest addition to his family: Lola, a young bichon frise with ruffled cream fur, large dark eyes and excellent penmanship. • The hound pound: dog lovers splash out on holidays with their pets When PetsPyjamas, a lifestyle website for pet owners, sent Lola a congratulatory gift basket on her elevation to Downing Street, she responded as all well-mannered creatures do. "Dear PetsPyjamas," Mr Osb––umm, Lola wrote. "Thank you so much for the wonderful hamper of my dreams. It was filled with everything a Lola could want! The cracker is wonderful, and no matter how often I chew and pull it, I always get a surprise when I find the treat! The bandana is super stylish and all the other pups are jealous of me! I heard the word ‘edible card’, and though I haven’t found what it is yet, I think it’ll be lovely. The box is great too, and I can’t stop staring at myself." Signed with a firm and confident paw print, the letter concluded: "Thank you, and thank you again, Woof! Lola Osborne.” Lola's note was accompanied by a hand-written message from Mr Osborne, scrawled on paper bearing the 11 Downing Street letterhead. Dear Pets Pyjamas. Thank you for the very exciting box of gifts for Lola. She has written a thank you letter, which I enclose! Best wishes, George. The Chancellor announced Lola's arrival in late 2013 with a tweet that said: "Welcome to the new resident of Downing St. The kids have called her Lola." Welcome to the new resident of Downing St. The kids have called her Lola pic.twitter.com/FXyM96acg1— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) December 1, 2013 While many cats have called Downing Street home in recent years – including David Cameron's cat Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, and Freya, Mr Osborne's cat who was sent to live in the countryside because of her propensity for getting lost in London and her reported inability to play nicely with Lola – the bichon frise is thought to be the most politically powerful pup in the UK for 40 years. Paddy, Howard Wilson's golden labrador, was the last canine king of Downing Street, wihle Sir Winston Churchill had a pet poodle called Rufus. • In pictures: The pets that have lived in Downing Street• Slideshow: A leader's best friend• Politicians who can’t resist a pedigree chum President Barack Obama has two Portuguese water dogs called Bo and Sunny. Perhaps Lola – now that she hasn't got Freya to chase around Number 11 – is pen pals with the First Dogs of the United States. One can just imagine Mr Osborne and President Obama writing to each other, signing off with a jubilant "woof!"