Ann Romney Thinks Her Dog 'Loved' Being Strapped to the Car Roof

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Not how Seamus Romney was transported.
Ann Romney may be winning the hearts of moms all over the country (stay-at-home and otherwise), but she's got a long way to go as far as pet owners are concerned. Including this one right here.

As you've most likely heard, in 1983, during a road trip, the Romneys left their dog, Seamus, strapped to the roof of their car (in his crate) -- for 12 hours. Terrible. Awful. Inexcusable, if you ask me. And, obviously, I'm not alone. The Romenys have received plenty of slack during this campaign about the fact that they did this (as they should) -- and the issue just won't go away. Recently, during an interview with Diane Sawyer, the Romneys were questioned about the Seamus and the infamous road trip -- to which Ann replied, "[He] loved it."

Say what now?

Ann explained to Sawyer: "He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks." Yeeeeahhhh ... buuuutttt the dog was still strapped to the roof. There's a big difference between "loving" your carrier and being in it while it's strapped to the roof of a speeding car -- for 12 hours. And even if he did love it -- dude, it's not safe.

As a dog owner, and normal human being, I really won't ever see the rationale behind this act -- and to be honest, trying to justify it only makes it worse. It was a mean and horrible thing to do, and no, it's not kinder than leaving him in a kennel.

Do you travel with your pet? Would you ever strap your dog/cat to the roof of your car -- for 12 hours?


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Miche... Michelephant

How is something that happened on a personal family vacation in 1983 relevant to his 2012 campaign?  Laws that protect animals from abuse were not as fleshed out then.  I'm not a fan of the guy but digging up things like this is just plain old mudslinging!

Todd Vrancic

No, it is not.  You should judge people on how they treat those that can't fight back.  The treatment of that dog will ALWAYS be relevant.

ldbc ldbc

Please. Can we talk about something a little more news worthy than this? Totally not worth the time I spent reading it. Give it a break, people.

Alma45 Alma45

Michelephant, laws regarding animal cruelty may not have been "as fleshed out" in the 80s, but ordinary common sense should tell anyone w/a heart that this is WRONG.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'm assuming the dog has been dead for a number of years now so we can't exactly ask him if he enjoyed it.



While I would never do it personally I see many people doing far stupider things with their dogs on a near daily basis. A dog is safer in a secure carrier on a roof rack than sitting in the open back of a pick up truck or hanging out of an open window for example. Harping on about something someone did a quarter of a century go when there are many people doing far stupider things without repercussions now is just petty. How about focusing on something that is actually relevant?

angev... angevil53

i'm not convinced the dog cared, lots of people put their dogs in the back of their trucks and they seem fine.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

Nicole seriously??? This is the liberal rant you have currently to attack the Romney's??? Would I put the crate on the roof of my car? NOPE! DO I think they thought at the time they were doing anything wrong? NOOOOOO! I can't even count the number of people who drove their babies without a car seat at that time because it wasn't illegal. WRONG, but not illegal. Luckily not my parents, but my husbands pulled it with both of their sons.  LACK of common sense on MANY MANY people then, but not illegal, and not heartless. You forgot to mention they had a special window crafted for the crate to keep objects from injuring the pup, and it was safely strapped. Was it safe still? NO, but they did what they could to take all of their kids, and family pet with them, given the knowledge they had. Where is your OUTRAGE for people who then and now, STILL put their dogs in the back of a truck unsecured? Find another argument, this is silly.

Kaela Wheeler

Um, it was 1983. Our parents were also letting us kids sit in truck beds, fronts seats and laying on the floor without a seat belt. My in laws used to just lay my husband down in the front seat of their car, swaddled, as an infant. I'm still dumbfounded how anyone did this back in the day, knowing what I do about crash physics, but for some reason no one thought about this stuff.


If they were doing this with their dog now, I'd be concerned (of course, just letting your dog lay on the ground in the backseat isn't very safe either...), but back when kids didn't even ride in car seats? Give me a break!

bills... billsfan1104

I dont think that he sat in the carrier for twelve hours. I am sure that he was taken out of the carrier and taken for a walk. You act like he was stapped there on the roof for the whole time. I cant believe this is what you are bitching about.

the4m... the4mutts

*yawn*

Had the dog NOT been in a carrier, and strapped to the roof, I would be concerned.

Since that's not the case, I repeat *yawn*

Move along, nothing to see here

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