Looking at the pictures of my MP, Matthew Offord, at the weekend, with his dog Max, made me think of Eddie the dog and Martin from the sitcom "Frasier". There is another instance where one suspects that the pet is brighter than the owner.
If Offord is making the most of the Max the Dog storyline in order to boost his sagging profile, perhaps other Barnet politicians could try the same trick. I wonder which animal, for example, Brian Coleman might choose to soften his image and make himself seem more affable and approachable, more, erm, human.
A boa constrictor? Other suggestions welcome.