Independent Republican Presidential Candidate and conservative blogger Andy Martin says that attacks on Mitt Romney for putting his dog in a rooftop carrier on Romney’s station wagon are ridiculous. Andy says back in the day dog lovers routinely allowed pets to ride in the back of pickup trucks. In rural areas, they probably still do.
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Andy Martin defends Mitt Romney against media accusations of “Caninegate”
Andy reminisces about his departed dogs and gives Mitt Romney a pass on Seamus
The way things are going right now, with Gingrich heading for the political morgue, and Romney and Santorum fighting to the “death,” I might just emerge from the forthcoming “brokered” convention as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. At least I know how to fight back against Obama’s dirty tricks. “Barry O” would have to behave himself if I was the Republicans’ presidential candidate. (I knew David Axelrod when he actually worked for a living, before he started spending his time digging up dirt on peoples’ personal lives.) I’m the only “
So by defending Mitt Romney I am not endorsing his candidacy. This is just a shout out.
Mitt deserves a respite on “Caninegate.” He did nothing wrong. Rather, placing the family pet in secure carrier on the roof of his station wagon may have been a wise decision. It was certainly a “conservative” approach.
I take a back seat to no one as a dog lover. One of the highlights of my life was serving as the self-appointed “Superintendent” of the “Royal Baghdad Canine Constabulary” in
My love for those animal companions and my work to treat and love homeless dogs in
When my St. Bernard “Grumpy” died in 1977, her passing was a media event in Chi-town. “Grumpy” was one of
So what gives with the Romney smears?
Let me tell you about my experiences, with the hindsight of decades.
Coming of age in semi-rural
But my dogs died of old age and illness, not from any injury riding along highways in the back of a red pickup truck. They loved the back of the truck. Looking back forty (40) years it seems to me that an open truck is a dangerous way to transport the family pet. But we did it then without a second thought.
And if Governor Rick Perry invited me to campaign down in Texas (he has the time now) I am sure we’d see dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks in rural areas of the state.
Romney, on the other hand, had a special custom carrier for his dog Seamus. My guess is the only complaint Seamus had was that the Romneys didn’t have a pickup truck so he could ride in the open air.
Today most people are a lot more careful than we were back in the day. But back then, dogs loved to ride in the back of pickups. And somewhere up in the sky, Grumpy and Goofy are looking down and barking “Yes we did.”
So lay off Romney for taking his dog on a family vacation. There are reasons to criticize Romney, but endangering the family pet is not one of them. He didn’t leave Seamus back home at a kennel.
P.S. If anyone wants more pictures of my Baghdad babies, Jake and Lucy, just say the word and I’ll post them or send them along. They are in my heart everyday. As for Seamus, if Mitt reads this, Mitt send me an autographed picture of Seamus. It will go in a place of honor (but not on the roof of my car).
P.P.S. You don’t want to know what Newt was doing in his family car. If you want the link, just ask. X-rated. People who live in glass houses…
P.P.P.S. I have a good friend down in Wayne County, Illinois. I’m sure if I had a new dog and a truck and went down to visit my friend Bob for the fall Pumpkin Festival, my dog would want to ride outside in the back. Who’s to say if my better judgment would succumb to let my pooch have an old-fashioned, open-air ride?
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