In the Dog House

What a schmutz.

Animal lovers hit the roof after it was revealed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney strapped his Irish setter to the top of his car during a 12-hour family drive from Boston to Ontario, terrifying the hapless dog and causing a health hazard to fellow road-users.

According to the Boston Globe, the former Massachusetts governor placed the dog, called Seamus, in a kennel attached to the roof of his white Chevy station wagon. He and his wife and five sons then set off on holiday.
After a few miles, Mr Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, raised the alarm. “Dad!” he yelled. “Gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the rear windscreen.

All his millions and he’s too cheap/stoopid to spring for a kennel (and I mean the doggie hotel kind)?

5 Responses to “In the Dog House”

  1. WunderKraut says:

    You should read Jeff’s post on it. Very funny, especially the last line.

  2. I’m with him, Kraut.
    To answer major dad’s concern about my insinuations vis a vis the Romneys’ financial state in 1983, I did my homework:

    After graduating from Harvard, Romney went to work for the Boston Consulting Group, where he had interned during the summer of 1974.[9] From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a vice president of Bain & Company, Inc., another Boston-based management consulting firm. In 1984, Romney left the company to co-found Bain Capital, which quickly became a highly successful private equity investment firm.[10]

    Old boy could spring for puppy to stay at the vet’s if he didn’t fit in the car.
    Hell, in 1983 OUR first labradork Pignose rode shotgun IN the ‘yota pick-up. Or he didn’t go. If we had deployments or vacations come up, we had a babysitter stay at the house with him or he went to visit friends. Maybe even get himself laid. And we sure weren’t making what old Mitt was pullin’ down.

  3. Mike Rentner says:

    It sounds horrible, and I’d never do such a thing, but let’s analyze the situation a bit.
    Romney is not insane, he most likely has a high regard for his pets as most people do. He’s also not stupid, no matter his other faults, whatever they may be. I don’t know much about the guy, to be honest.
    But how is putting a dog in a cage on top of the car worse than putting a dog in the back of a pick’em’up truck?
    I see people put dogs in the back of trucks all the time, uncaged and unleashed and no one calls the SPCA on the drivers.
    Assuming that there is something in front of the kennel to keep bugs out of his face, I’m not sure how it’s any different from putting a cage in the back of a pick up truck.
    Putting the dog in a kennel is not an option if one of the purposes of the trip is to play with the dog.
    Frankly, I don’t see it as such a big deal. On the scale of the worst things you can do to a dog, from 1 to 10, with ten being the worst, this would be about a 3 or a 4. If the dog actually enjoyed being up there as Romney claims, then it’s far less than that. It’s not like the dog is getting hurt up there.
    It’s wild speculation by the animal rights activist (who surely has an agenda) that the dog’s digestive problem was caused by fear.
    Much ado about nothing.
    Besides, why is this only being reported in the UK Guardian? It’s not the most reliable of papers, from what I recall.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    Actually, Mike, it was part of a big spread in either Time or Newsweek (I don’t remember which).
    Not that that’s an improvement over the Grauniad, I grant you.

  5. His son is named “Tagg”?

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