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Did Mitt’s Dog Seamus Run Away in Canada?

Did Mitt’s Dog Seamus Run Away in Canada?

 

If you thought Mitt Romney strapping his dog Seamus to the roof of the family station wagon while driving for 12 hours to Canada in 1983 was a curious sort of incident (and a display of a crisis management style with too much “management” and scant little humanity), a recent report that Seamus ran away on reaching Canada will not surprise you. PolitickerNY‘s Hunter Walker cites a “trusted Politicker tipster” who says that “two of Mr. Romney’s sons had an off-record conversation with reporters where they revealed the dog ran away when they reached their destination on that infamous journey in 1983.”

The story of Seamus’ odyssey or, rather, ordeal was first reported in a 2007 Boston Globe article. Romney says that Seamus was placed in a “completely airtight kennel” that he was “comfortable” in. The Boston Globe reports that Romney’s oldest son, Tagg Romney, alerted his father to a “brown liquid .. dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours,” whereupon Romney stopped the car at a service station, hosed down both dog and car and resumed driving. Two weeks after the Boston Globe article, Mitt Romney’s sister Jane provided a photo of the Irish setter and said that she had never heard of the riding-on-the-roof story until the Boston Globe article appeared. She also said that Seamus had been sent to live with her family in California.

Such a report of Seamus finding a home out west would belie PolitickerNY‘s latest account, that Seamus sought “asylum” in Canada. While Romney has certainly been taken to task by the likes of New York Times columnist Gail Collins and PETA — Newt Gingrich has based an attack ad entitled “For the Dogs” on the incident — he seems to have emerged relatively unscathed from “Crate-Gate.”

Perhaps the question that needs to be raised more forcefully is this: If that’s how Romney treats his pet dog — if that’s the sort of accommodations he judged as “comfortable” for Seamus — what about human beings, especially those who are not in a position to argue with him?

 

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Photo of an Irish setter, the same breed as Romney's Seamus, by janticom

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12:21PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

what I don't understand is, Gingrich supported Romney, yet he is supposed to be a dog lover. What is wrong with these people?

5:50AM PDT on May 19, 2012

WHY DOES HE NOT TELL THE TRUTH THIS DREADFUL MAN ?? WHO WOULD IN THEIR RIGHT MIND ELECT HIM ? IF CAN SHOW NO KINDNESS TO ANIMALS.. HE IS YET ANOTHER ONE WHO IS THE SCUM OF THE EARTH & NEEDS TO BE GOT RID OF RIGHT NOW.. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD SET AN EXAMPLE IN THEIR LIVES TO OTHERS .. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO SHOW ANY FORM OF ANIMAL OR CHILD CRUELTY EITHER BY HIM OR HIS WIFE !!!

1:11PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

The bad excuse of a human being should be arrested, not run for anything - except for the hills.

9:06AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

We all need to run away from him. There is no good reason to vote for a president who has no heart, no brain, and is filled with nothing but straw, unless you like flying monkeys. And flying monkeys will be coming after us if he is elected.

4:37PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

the measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members

9:21AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

On top of all things mentioned, putting the dog thru this ordeal is also an open invitation to pneumonia. What a disgusting man, he has no shame whatsoever over it all.

9:07AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Yes, well the rich ARE different. They have no fear of laws, no compassion, no respect for anything except money, and no ability to empathize. How many kittens and puppies did the boys bring home hoping to have a warm and comforting presence? Did the parents simply fling these 'worthless' creatures out the window of a moving vehicle or into a nearby river or lake? A fundamental problem is that there are not enough stringent laws against animal abuse/neglect. And there are not enough honest law enforcement officials who will treat the rich according to the laws. People who abuse/neglect animals have been proven to be sociopaths who will commit crimes against humans because they believe there are no consequences. Right on St. Francis, you understood human nature very well

7:38AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I am still in disbelief that Mitt Romney tied his dog on top of his car!!!! I did not know it was against the law, but I am glad it is, so that anyone else inclined to do the same, won't do it.

I had to laugh when I read that Romney’s sons told reporters that Seamus ran away when they got to Canada. That poor dog wanted to get as far away from him as possible!!!

I hope Seamus found a better home in Canada. He sure didn't have a loving home with Romney.

Rest in Peace, Seamus.

9:14AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Too bad it's too late (?) to neuter the Mitt.

9:12PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

"completely airtight kennel"?? If it was 'airtight' how did the dog breathe?? And how would a 'blown liquid' drip down the window if it was coming from an 'airtight kennel'?? And I don't know about poor Seamus, but if my dog has a bowel movement that 'drips' then there is a serious problem!

A very strange and suspicious story to put it mildly! Wherever Seamus is now, I hope he is better off (wouldn't be difficult, would it?)

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