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By Gary Bogue
Monday, July 2nd, 2007 at 9:36 am in Animal Politics.

Should Mitt Romney’s supposed treatment of the family dog on a 1983 vacation be a presidential campaign issue?

The Boston Globe disclosed last week that Mitt Romney supposedly put the family Irish setter in an enclosed dog kennel and tied it to the top of his car for a 12-hour vacation trip. The Globe says it found out about this while researching a series of stories on the presidential candidate’s life.

Romney is the former Governor of Massachusetts and a current Republican candidate for president.

I wasn’t going to write about this. Politics isn’t my thing and I have no positions one way or the other on any presidential candidates, Republicans, Democrats, or whatever.

Then, when I got to work this morning, I found a couple of e-mails suggesting this might make good blogging fodder. So I did some research and I STILL decided not to write about it.

Something that happened almost a quarter of a century ago, much of it apparently based on the recollections of people who were children at the time, can be pretty sketchy. Did it really happen? And if it did happen, are all aspects of the event clearly covered?

And then while Googling the subject, I discovered that the blogosphere has gone berserk about “Romney’s Cruel Canine Vacation” … “lesson in cruelty” … “the dog was, basically, being tortured.”

Well, I wasn’t going to write about it until I saw that.

It seems like there are an awful lot of thoughts being bandied about on this subject without much actual knowledge.

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  1. Pachuco's Mom Says:

    Yes I think this should be an issue. Do we want a man who dosen’t have the common sence to not put a living animal in a container tied to the top of his vehicle? You din’t mention if the dog lived? Either way if this isn’t an obvious decision for him then what else is the guy clueless about?

  2. Jean Says:

    At best, Mr. Romney showed the poorest of judgment. At worst, he treated his family dog with heartless cruelty.

    This is also the candidate who wants to “double Guantanamo” (per his remarks in a recent Republican candidates’ debate).

    I think Mr. Romney is a mean man. I would not want him to be my country’s President.

  3. George Lenfestey Says:

    Before I could decide on whether or not Romney mistreated his dog, I’d have to know what kind of carrier the dog was in.
    If it was an airtight box, which could get pretty hot, and maybe hotter than the air-conditioned car, that would be pretty cruel.
    But if it was a container that shielded him from the direct sun, but with enough holes in it so that breezes caused by the fast moving car would cool him, and give him plenty of smells for him to sniff, that would be just fine.
    After all, if he were in closed up in the air-conditioned car, with all the windows closed, he might be cool, but unhappy about not being able to sniff all those exciting smells

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