Ann Romney: “Seamus Loved Being Strapped to Roof of Station Wagon”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Stay-at-home mom, Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, told ABC’s Diane Sawyer,  their dog Seamus loved being strapped in a crate to the roof of the family car and taken on family vacations.

“The dog loved it. 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.”

Seamus’ 1983 trip from Boston to a summer cottage in Ontario, Canada, inside a dog carrier lashed atop the family’s Chevrolet, has become an oft-cited example of Mitt Romney’s heartlessness toward dogs and is routinely used by his critics to paint him as uncaring.

Mrs. Romney laughed as she recalled how Mitt hosed dog shit off the vacation-loving dog after Seamus got diarrhea from chowing down on some turkey.

“Once, he – we traveled all the time –  and he ate the turkey on the counter.  I mean, he had the runs.”

She compared the dog’s experience with a person riding roller coaster.

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35 Responses to Ann Romney: “Seamus Loved Being Strapped to Roof of Station Wagon”

  1. feminazi says:

    I wonder if stay-at-home nitwit Ann Romeny would have enjoyed being strapped to the roof of the family car and driven a 1,000 miles from Boston to Ontario each summer? This woman is a moron and obviously thinks we’re morons too. Sorry, Ann, but I’m not buying your spin effort.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Ann Romney is a stupid cunt.

  3. The Real Adam says:

    The fact is, animal abuse is a serious crime and in many states, carries a minimum fine of $5,000 and 18 months in jail.

    I do not believe Seamus enjoyed the ordeal of being strapped to the roof of the Romney’s Mormon family wagon. Seamus may have gone “crazy” when he saw the crate but it was anxiety and fear and Ann and Mitt Romney were too stupid to recognize the dog’s behavior for what it was.

  4. Harry says:

    Stupid bitch.

  5. onefly says:

    I’ve seen many dogs with their heads looking around the cabs of pickups going 80mph sometimes more sometimes less and loving it.

    Can you people tell me you have never seen such a thing?

    Yes many dogs love that kinda stuff.

    I’m not a fan of these people but this issue is being very petty and particularly so if you don’t have a clue what some dogs like.

    When they say their pooch enjoyed this I believe that – I bet he did.

    It’s odd but the dog didn’t know the difference.

    The pooch is smarter than humans who say he was being mistreated because at the time the hound was loving life with his nose into the wind blasting down the highway.

    Give it a break people. This is almost like this dumb ass birther shit.

  6. SantiagoJJJr says:

    Mitt Romney Goes to Dog Hell! The revenge of Seamus:

    President Mitt Romney: A Dogs Life!

  7. Insouciant says:

    Dogs belong in the car — NOT STRAPPED TO THE CAR’S ROOF.

    Would you strap your kid to the roof of a car and travel down the highway? Stupid people do stupid things and stupid people SHOULD NOT HAVE DOGS OR KIDS. Case closed.

  8. Matteo says:

    Mitt and Ann Romney are loathed by dog-lovers. Here’s a report in from The Hill which quotes a vet Dr. Katherine Miller, the director of applied science and research for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, tells ITK rather than sticking man’s best friend on the roof, it’s best to keep your pup in the, you know, actual car.

    “A dog or cat should never be placed on top of a moving vehicle and transported in that manner. The ASPCA recommends traveling with your pet secured safely inside the car,” Miller says.

    The issue is hardly “dumb” or akin to the Birther idiocy.

  9. onefly says:

    Bullshit-what do they say about riding in the back of a pickup.

    This is odd without a doubt but the dog didn’t know the difference and that is based on if this mutt enjoyed having his nose in the wind going down the highway.

  10. What bullsh*t. Any animal with a brain knows only bad things happen when they go in a pet carrier.

  11. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    Seriously? I couldn’t believe this when I read it. I’ve never seen a dog in a crate strapped to the top of a car in my entire life I grew up in dipshit Missouri.

    Romney displayed very poor judgment here and the fact that they can’t or won’t accept ownership is almost more troubling than the act itself.

    What if the crate came off? Did this concern ever cross Romeny’s mind? Apparently not. Well, the good news is, Romney doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of defeating Obama. It won’t happen.

  12. retahyajyajav says:

    Dogs do not ever belong in the back of pick-up trucks either. Here is a sobering story of why this is tantamount to animal cruelty. Anyone who engages in this practice, please read this story from the ASPCA and learn from the mistakes of others.

    Cruelty Alert: Dogs in Pickup Trucks

    A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, OR, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.

    Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.

    Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.

  13. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Somewhere along the way I remember reading that dogs have the intelligence of a 2 or 3 year old human child.

    The question is, would you let your 2 or 3 year old child stick his or her hand in the flame in the stove because they are curious? Of course not. Dogs rely on our caretaking because they are basically toddlers. Anyone who doesn’t understand this should never own a dog. They should stick to goldfish.

  14. onefly says:

    Are you people aware enough to understand there are differences here??

    retahyajyajav link is not wrong in the sense that if an idiot puts a pooch in a position (like the back of a pickup truck) and the hound knows no better and jumps out at 60 and is hurt badly of course – why yes that is cruelty without question.

    Seriously now-do you realize there are many farm/ranch dogs that would rip your leg off (figuratively) if they didn’t get to come along in the pickup or flatbed or hay wagon or four wheeler or what have you. This is not cruelty and it’s just that simple and these pooches are not getting hurt for the most part. Blasting down the interstate at 80 with your pooch in the back of your pickup is wrong.

    If your pooch loves that feeling as many do of fast wind in their face and is given a ride in a carrier on top of your car that dog don’t know the difference and is enjoying life. That is not cruelty. Very odd but it’s not cruel. Can you see and understand the difference?

    If the dummy did not lash down the carrier and it comes off then it becomes a different story.

    I dislike these people but when this women says their dog enjoyed riding in the wind I tend to believe that. Very strange and a bit odd but it’s not cruelty if the pooch is enjoying it.

    This has been around so long it has become like the birther shit.

  15. Jim says:

    Bizarre. Just bizarre.

  16. One Fly,

    You’re correct.

    The ASPCA is wrong.
    PETA is wrong.
    Veterinarians are wrong.
    Dog lovers are wrong.

    You’re correct. What the Romneys did to Seamus was perfect fine. Feel better now?

  17. onefly says:

    I never said that not even close to that. Kiss my ass. This thread is a perfect example of why the left loses.

  18. DMason says:

    The Romney trolls are out in force. Is it due to the latest GALLUP poll that shows Obama leading the Mittster in November? Must be. In any case, what the Ann and Willard did to Seamus was truly despicable. In many states, tying a dog to the roof of a car or tossing the poor animal in the back of a pickup truck would get you arrested or very least, ticketed.

  19. Seabec says:

    Do Mormons eat dogs too? It’s probably a good thing Seamus was given away to better owners who didn’t treat him like old, used luggage.

  20. PUMA Lisa 1972 says:

    How loving dog owners treat their dogs.

  21. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Ann Romney laughed as she told Diane Sawyer the story of Seamus shitting while strapped to the roof of the family car.

    She laughed. Yeah, real funny, Ann. I slapped my leg and guffawed. All I know is the Romneys just don’t get it. Americans love their dogs and consider family members. Dogs aren’t building supplies or groceries or luggage to be tied to the roof of the car.

    People are stupid. That’s why there are laws to protect them from their stupid owners.

  22. TOM339 says:

    I think it would’ve been much smarter politics if Ann Romeny had said something like,

    “You know, Diane, back in 1983, we really thought we were doing the right thing by taking Seamus along on vacation. Mitt safely secured the crate and Seamus arrived unharmed. But if we were taking our dog with us today, he would travel inside the car and not on the roof in a crate.”

    But I think we can conclude Ann Romeny isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

  23. Randy Arroyo says:

    In our contemporary society, dogs aren’t viewed as chattel. They are living, breathing creatures we created over a 40,000 year period who depend on us for everything from love, to food, water and medical care. Dogs are fully integrated into our lives like any family member. They don’t belong on the roof of a car or in the back or a pick up truck. That said, I think it’s a tragedy a minority of the population hold a different views of dogs.

  24. ChiTOM says:

    Your blog piece was found on NBC Politics. It is generating a lot of responses. Thought you would find this interesting, if not completely consistent with Flip-Flop Mitt.

    Sawyer asked Mitt if he would transport Seamus that way again. He responded, “Certainly not with the attention it’s received.” Attention is the difference here? We don’t think that, were it not for Romney’s political ambitions, Seamus would have been tied up and dragged behind the car. But Romney leaves way too much room for doubt.

    Romney is a true scalawag.

  25. Estacada says:

    Marcus Ybanez hit the nose on the proverbial head.

    The Romneys are too self-absorbed to handle the responsibilities of dog ownership. They are better suited for a goldfish. They require very little care and when they die, you can flush them down the commode.

  26. Adirondacky says:

    Personally, I am delighted Seamus had a tendency to run away. The Romneys — frustrated by the poor dog’s “happy” behavior, ultimately gave Seamust away to a loving family. This act may be what saved Seamus from a terrible, painful demise falling off the roof of the Romney’s vay-cay-cay ride.

  27. Fran says:

    So Ann Romney tries to dismiss this case as *shit happens*?

    To shed some light on this thread– show me where in animal carrier instruction/product literature it addresses “strapping the carrier atop the car with pet enclosed for (high speed highway) travel”.

    Does not exist.

    You almost wish Mitt & Ann were able to experience it firsthand.

    Extreme temperatures, dehydration, no way to “communicate” w humans & the fact the carrier could become loose & unattached.

    Mitt has a Masters Degree/ JD from Harvard
    Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts/French form Brigham Young & Harvard Extension School.

    They must have been absent the days they taught *Common Sense 101*.

  28. S. Clausen says:

    I would argue a goldfish is too much for the Romneys to handle.

  29. ajihani says:

    Tying your dog to the roof of a car or throwing the poor thing in the back of a truck and going down the road is animal cruelty. This is why we have laws to prevent this and prosecute dipshits who lack commonsense.

  30. AP reporter Jocelyn Noveck told me after my piece appeared in NBC Politics, she received 21,205 email responses from dog owners furious with Romney and his wife over their treatment of Seamus.

    We’re right and we’re righteous in our anger at Romney. It’s a sad day when any American defends his irresponsible behavior. He can’t be elected president.

  31. Peace Nick says:

    Christopher – Did you see Letterman tonight? He had Gail Collins on from the New York Times.

    She tore Willard a new asshole for the story about Seamus. Letterman said Romney should be arrested for animal cruelty. This story isn’t going away anytime soon.

  32. Peace Nick,

    No, I didn’t see Letterman last night. I know he’s a huge dog-lover. Letterman has a son and has talked about getting his boy his first dog and instilling in his son the importance of responsible treatment of the animal.

    I’ll try to find the show on Hulu. Thanks for posting.

  33. Vivzz says:

    Who is the moron called One Fly who posted dogs love riding in cars so what Romney did to Seamus is perfectly acceptable? Who could be so careless to a beloved dog? The culture that under-values life in all its forms is doomed for destruction.

  34. tessa says:

    To bad that red blooded American, Obama, ate dogs. The non-meme that blew up in the Dems faces.

  35. Seabec says:

    Dogs aren’t luggage. Let me repeat. Dogs aren’t luggage. Anyone posting that what Romney did to Seamus was perfectly OK and beyond reproach, is obviously either a conservative or worse, a DINO Dem and a closet Romney supporter.

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