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Bassett Owner Sides With 'Dogs Against Romney' Movement

Car tops are meant for toting luggage and sleeping bags, not for transporting the family pet, the 'Dogs Against Romney' movement maintains.

Howard and Hillary don't have a clue who Mitt Romney is, and they aren't registered voters, either.

They're not even human beings.

Yet, the two Basett Hounds and thousands of canines throughout the country have been leashed into the 2012 presidential race for the White House in quite an unsuspecting way.

The on-line movement, Dogs Against Romney is a growing coalition of pet-lovers who are appalled by the Romney family's recounting of their 1983 vacation to Canada.

Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, planned to stop once for gasoline during the trip, according to the Dogs Against Romney website.

The story, as reported by the Boston Globe in 2007, said Mitt put their Irish Setter, Seamus, into a crate and strapped crate - and dog - to the top of the car.

They then proceeded on a 12-hour drive to Canada.

However, the Romneys were forced to stop when Seamus suffered a bad case of diarrhea that began streaming down the car windows, the newspaper reported. Mitt Romney pulled over to hose off the car - and the dog. After the cleaning, the family hit the road again, the "Dogs Against Romney" website states.

"I thought what he did to his dog was mean," said Crystal Lake resident Cindi Carlson, proud owner of Howard and Hillary. 

Carlson was so disgusted by the story, she went on-line and ordered the sign now displayed in her front lawn, which is located in the older section of Crystal Lake. 

"Dogs Against Romney" signs, bumper stickers and buttons are popping up all over the country. The "Dogs Against Romney," organization, founded in 2007, advertises many of those campaign materials. Proof of the group's growing support: the "Dogs Against Romney" Facebook page has 63,357 "likes."

That's a lot of "likes" for a story many people don't like.

"I can't believe someone would treat their dog like that," Carlson said. 

mark July 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
As a rescue dog lover (three goldens) I am so sick of people making a big deal out of this story. I heard it was a puppy that wasn't house broken. If the dog had diarrea issues, it sure didn't happen because of the car ride. Does anyone know what the weather was like? No. What if it was cool and nice out? I imagine Mr. Romney considered all the possibilities and went to alot of trouble to safely include their new family member. Nobody seems to get all upset about people driving around with a dog in the back of a pickup. My dogs can't wait to go for a ride and stick their head out the window. Why don't you people get a life. You're embarrassing the rest of us dog lovers.
Stephanie Price July 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
What? Do you want me to "examine" myself or do you want me not to run articles you don't like? My job is to cover Crystal Lake news...I saw the sign & honestly didn't know what it meant because I had never heard the story. I took a photo, interviewed the homeowner and posted the article. Sorry you don't like it.
Jeni July 29, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Maybe we could add that the socialist in our White House ATE dogs. It's always selective journalism which is why people are FED UP with the MSM.
deena August 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM
This is the most pathetic thread on the election so far. Wow millions will be losing their employer health Insurance, Physicians are quitting and looking for ways to change careers. (I am in health care) People have been on un-employment for over two years and losing their homes etc. etc. and you are writing about a dog who was naively put on top of a car during a ride that almost all dogs would love to experience just because the dog happened to have a minor issue. Give me a break. . .If this is the only thing on Obama's side. . .it makes him look desperate and a joke. The only liar so far is the one in DC who paid to have all his records sealed and the MSM who no longer has the respect it once did.

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