For some reason in the United States, politicians seem to be thrust upon us who have mistreated animals. Many have heard about the situation
with Mitt Romney and his dog
. On Tuesday, the story took a new turn down the rabbit hole.
Ironically, the story of Seamus was first reported by the Boston Globe in a 2007 report profiling Romney as a problem-solver:
“Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family’s hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack. He’d built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.
“Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.
“The ride was largely what you’d expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the ‘white whale.’
“As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ‘Dad!’ he yelled. “Gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.
“As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”
This is not how this writer would solve the problem or needing more space to transport the dog. A more appropriate action may have been to rent a larger car, rent a small trailer or U-Haul for the luggage, or to simply have the dog sit inside the car like a loved member of the family.
Some of you out there may not understand this, but some people really love their pets. This writer knows many people who would never vote for Mitt Romney based on his treatment of Seamus. That a grown man would treat a family pet that way shows this writer a disconnect from the real world. Mitt Romney may not have been aware of the consequences of his actions, or how his behavior affected his dog, but Romney certainly didn’t care enough to pull over either. This writer wants a representative who understands that sometimes actions have consequences, unintended or not.
Ann Romney came to her husband’s aid regarding Seamus on Monday
speaking with Diane Sawyer.
“The dog loved it,” Ann Romney said. “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.”
“Once, he — we traveled all the time — and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney said, laughing as she explained how the dog got diarrhea.
Ann compared the trip to a person riding on a roller coaster
. This writer disagrees. A roller coaster doesn’t take the rider over 70 MPH for hours straight. In addition, I have the choice to go on a roller coaster. Seamus the dog went “crazy” when he saw the crate, but certainly couldn’t speak to say yes or no.
In the beginning of this piece, it stated there were “politicians” who mistreated animals. On Tuesday, the Daily Caller
addressed something written in Obama’s book
“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”
The Daily Caller piece has turned to jokes, now justifying Mitt Romney’s behavior in comparison to Barack Obama’s behavior. Although the Jewish and Islamic religions ban
eating dog, it is legal in some countries. It is not, however, appropriate behavior. This is not a joke.
One should not eat a dog and one should not transport a dog on the roof of the car. The fact that this had to be written in itself is a shame (and that neither has apologized).