Do you think that his attitude about strapping his dog on top of the roof in a "windshield" protected crate for a 12 hour trip affects his ability to be a presidential candidate?
I'm not a Mitt Romney fan to start with, but I agree with this quote in an article I recently read:
I think anyone who puts his dog in a cage on top of a car for a 12-hour drive and then deludes himself or tries to delude others that the dog really enjoyed it — to me, with all due respect, I feel such a man shouldn’t be president of the United States.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/...#ixzz1jpYzLaWU
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
I don't think this is a make or break issue. I'm sure it affects a lot of people's opinion of him and therefore will play into people's decisions slightly, but if he either doesn't become the republican candidate....or does but loses the election its not because of this.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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It's just more proof to me that he is missing the logic chip I spoke of earlier.
I think that hunters and people who use "work" dogs have a different opinion about dogs than those of us who have just had pets.
There are people in my family who travel with their dogs like that but in the bed of their truck (in the winter, in the snow, etc.) That said, they love and rely on these dogs. They invest thousands in them in training and breeding.
Sooooooo not my cup of tea at all. But I understand their perspective.
I don't know this exact situation, but it strikes me as no more abusive than people who put their dogs in crates and fly them around the country, or people who keep little toy dogs in their purses.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
Yeah, I've been trying to figure out why people think there is such a huge difference between the top of the car and the back of the truck. Unless the dog crate is *right* up against the back of the truck and tiny, the wind would be atrocious and I really don't see how being on top is much more harsh than that. I've never heard of anyone getting upset about that... I just don't really see a big difference.
Motorcycles also don't have a lot of protection from the wind and I can't imagine people getting up in arms over them because of the wind.
Last edited by wlillie; 01-18-2012 at 02:46 PM.
Not to mention it's illegal (if that's in fact true, as mentioned in the article).
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
Because being scared is the common reason a dog gets diarrhea? Ours must have been terrified of our back yard then. Or it could have been that dogs lick their own asses and aren't too too picky about what they eat.
I disagree unless you have some kind of super truck. I've ridden in the back quite a few times and there is no protection from teh wind unless your back is up against the truck. We don't even know what kind of crate this was or what he meant by windshield. If I was going to guess, I'd say it's probably the same thing as what you were talking about with the bed of the truck.
I seriously doubt it was illegal 30 years ago. 30 years ago there were no serious laws regarding how to tote your kids in a vehicle. I am guessing they won't be able to find one on the books about animals.
I think Romney is idiotic for doing this. Why not just put the dog in the vehicle? The back of the truck is NOT the same as the top of the cab. Wlillie there is a difference, just run it through any wind tunnel and you can see there is some protection from the cab and sides.. Not sure how big his dog was, but there is a BIG difference. I have ridden in the back many times, so does my dog when we go in the woods even the kids hop into the back. For my van or a car the dog would ALWAYS ALWAYS ride inside with us. In fact I never heard of such a thing as tying a windshielded crate to the top.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I've literally never seen a dog in the back of a truck who didn't *choose* to hang out the side if not crated. Has anyone else ever seen a dog looking for protection in the back of a truck? Really?
And I don't need a wind tunnel, I've ridden in the back plenty; down the interstate too. And watched teenagers on my street ride on the top of their trucks in a residential area without any kind of protection. You can't tell me it's as terrible as people believe if we have thousands of people who choose to ride motorcycles on a daily basis for periods that match or exceed this dogs experience (and probably without the 5 kid stop periods). How much more wind protection do you think motorcycles provide than a makeshift windshield? Probably not much, right?
I think they said it was a cocker spaniel. I really would barely notice if I saw a dog in a crate on top of a car. Seriously wouldn't even do a double take.