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What Dogs Want to Say to Mitt Romney

Does a person’s treatment of their pets reveal their true character? Personally, I’d be very pleased if someone evaluated my essence by my relationship with Sanchez and Gina. But, I’m not so sure that Mitt Romney feels the same.

With all the hype about putting his Irish Setter, Seamus, in a crate on top of the car for 12 hours during a family vacation years ago, it may always come back to bite him. Especially since he reportedly put Seamus back on the car roof after he had diarrhea. Even in hindsight, Romney states that he didn’t do anything illegal, so he believes his behavior was acceptable. Dogs, however, are disagreeing. They are barking about it on, a site founded in 2007. They are calling it abuse and wearing bandanas that say, “I Ride Inside”. And their Facebook page, has over 34,000 passionate fans.

If we listen carefully, our pets give us advice all the time. Watch “The Mutt Romney Blues” below as Seamus sings the real story, while playing a mean blues guitar. Song courtesy of Ry Cooder.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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1:59PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Nina G.--You place your trust in the wrong people. Maybe President Obama was unaware of his daughter's allergies when he made that promise. Yes, he could have gone to a breed-specific shelter, but is there one for the breed he got from a breeder? Is it better to put your trust in a man who lies like a trooper and mistreats an animal the way he did Seamus? Between Mitt Romney and Lyin' Ryan, the Republican platform flip-flopped with every speech either one of them made.

1:33PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Mitt and the gop hate and lie about everything he would do it to your KIDS !!!

11:02AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

If there were a million good reasons to vote for Mitt Romney, just this one incident of forcing his dog to ride in a carrier, would wipe out all of them when It came to my vote. I think that says it all.

3:14PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

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10:13PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

They say you can tell a lot about a man by how he treats animals.

8:23AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Poor Seamus!! I bet he had a hard life living with Romney.

9:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012


11:09AM PST on Mar 10, 2012


11:01PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Merrily L, I have thought on it long and hard ever since Obama moved into the White House and promptly broke a promise he made during his campaign. His daughter's allergies and whatever else made him choose a dog from a breeder he knew when he made his promise. If he knew he couldn't keep his promise he shouldn't have made it. I hold people to their word, and when they break their word, it shows me a lack of character. And that type of man I do not want to see as our president. I voted for Obama in the last election, but now that he's shown how easily he breaks promises, you can be assured I will never vote for him again.

7:04PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Nina G. It's possible that Obama learned, after being sworn in, that the only way you can get a truly 'predictable' dog, is by buying from a reputable breeder. Certain breeds do show specific propensities regarding their behavior, and in his case, the alergic reaction/non-reaction, of his daughter. Like you, I wish he'd gotten one from a shelter, but do understand the reasoning (in a small way), of him doing as he did. Far better would have been to get an animal from a 'breed specific' shelter - as I did, when I got our Hannah, a pure-bred Australian Shepherd. Just an fyi, we also now have 4 animals (2 dogs & 2 cats) from the local humane society. I *am* certain that Mr. Obama had a lot of pressure from many to 'take this dog' or another from them. Which shelter should he have honored, by getting a dog from them? Think on it.

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