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Readers' forum: Romney's beloved dog

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  • mhewett BOULDER, CO
    Jan. 24, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    My dog loves a trip outside the car. His face in the breeze is pure joy to him. If the dog is in the back of a truck (or on the roof of a car)for 12 hours, what on earth do you think he would do, put a cork in his behind? It may have escaped your attention but dogs aren't afraid to.....well, go in public, they don't need a special toilet like us, they can go anywhere, anytime. try to find an issue that really means something, you're making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    To "L Kaiser | 12:31 a.m." let think back to 1983 when this occured. What kind of car do you think they had? If he was cool, he probably had a station wagon with the seats that faced backwards. Where would a dog carrier or even the dog fit for 12 hours?

  • L Kaiser REDMOND, WA
    Jan. 24, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    What doesnt make sense and what has people upset is the fact Mitt chose to put the dog on the roof instead of the luggage. Is some clothes and bags more valuable then the "beloved family dog"? If you really wanna push the issue, kinda hard to believe a hundred and something millionaire didnt make a decision to own a larger vehicle thats fits everyone including the family dog.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Re: ". . . as a dog lover, I have another reason to wonder about the quality of Mitt Romney's character."

    You're not much of a dog lover if you don't know dogs prefer to ride in kennels outside the passenger compartment -- preferably where they can get fresh air -- to a long ride within reach of bored, rowdy toddlers.

    I suspect reality is, you're no more a dog lover than you are a Mitt lover.

  • Mr. Bean Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    Too funny!

    My gosh, whats this coming to... running a story about a dog riding in the fresh air? My dog loved to ride in the open air in my pickup bed. He would stick hid nose to the wind sampling all the smells in the air. Dogs do that. He couldn't have been happier. As for defecating, dogs do that too. They rarely hold back for the convenience of their owner. And they rarely if ever do it in terror.

    DNews, you can do better.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    re: Mike Richards 8:16 a.m. Jan. 21, 2012

    So; you are not a dog person? That explains alot!

    My brothers dogs love to ride in the Suburban with the windows down.

    re: Miss Piggie 5:57 p.m. Jan. 21, 2012

    1) How do you know what the dog was feeling? Dogs are closer to people than corporations .
    2) Your post encapsulates the one of the irritating *beliefs* of the chosen here in Zion; Frugality trumps everything especially reason & common sense.
    3) I'm not a liberal. I'm a Libertarian.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    It was a Bain Capital thing. This letter demonstrates the level of political debate in our country. Bring on the President apprentice show with Hannnity and Trump.

  • Ben H Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:53 p.m.

    I can't believe that the Deseret News would publish such hearsay without verifying the story with a police record or something like that. Let's think about this for a minute? Isn't this type of treatment for an animal cruel enough to be illegal? How many State Troopers would the Romney family have passed in a 12-hour trip? Wouldn't the family have been pulled over at some point? And for someone as rich and well known as the Romneys are, wouldn't this have been news long before he ever came into the public spotlight? Shame, shame, shame on the Deseret News for even considering putting this one in black and white. Something this egregious should be investigated before it is printed.

  • Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    @Wally West:

    "MR is/was *obviously* rich enough to rent a 2nd vehicle."

    MR is rich enough to buy a fleet of greyhound buses. But why, when a single family vehicle will do the job?

    "So, have some of the kids & most of the luggage in one car driven by the Mrs. The other vehicle w/ the dog, remaining kids and luggage would be driven by Mitt."

    Why split up the family into two vehicles when one will do... where everyone is content including the family dog.

    "Problem solved & You're welcome!"

    There's no problem to be solved. The problem is made up problem, just like much of the liberal mentality.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    While I'm sure this story got forced and insincere chuckles at Steak Conference; it does speak volumes as to Williards lack of common sense and problem solving skills.

    MR is/was *obviously* rich enough to rent a 2nd vehicle. So, have some of the kids & most of the luggage in one car driven by the Mrs. The other vehicle w/ the dog, remaining kids and luggage would be driven by Mitt.

    Problem solved & You're welcome!

  • Mr. Bean Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    @Esquire:

    "There are a number of things he says and does that make me wonder about his past."

    That may be true. But we have a good picture of his opponent's (Gingrich) past... Such as his despicable treatment of two wives. Good luck to his current wife who he was 'seeing' while still married to a former wife. She could very well experience the same treatment.

    "I'm serious about this."

    So am I.

    "I think there are some unresolved issues that sometimes manifest themselves while he is such a public person."

    There are certainly some unresolved issues about Newt... such as his dismissal from the Speaker's position. We are dying to find out... and we will when/if he goes up against Obama in the general elections. God help us.

    "This has led me to some serious reservations about him serving as President."

    And you have no reservations about the Newt? Strange indeed.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Don Miller: I'm not much of a Romney fan, but I think you've put a big slant on this story. How do you know that the dog defecated "in terror"? How about the dog defecated because he's a dog, and he'd been riding for a few hours? It sounds like the dog came through this "ordeal" just fine. You're trying to make an anti-Romney story out of a non-story. Maybe you should work for the mainstream media.

  • StandAlone South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    That's all you've got? His dog on top of the family vehicle? I would have done the same thing. A dog with five kids in the back seat of the car on a twelve hour trip would have been worse. Pet's in the car are a distraction...not to mention the stink.

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    I have 3 dogs. 2 of them would love love love, arf arf arf to take a trip like that. The incident may or may not have been as egregious as you make it sound.

  • Benevolus Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Based on the writers analysis I figure Wyoming must be full of shifty characters. You can't find a truck there that isn't outfitted with a dog riding outside on the back.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Jan. 21, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Sorry PETA, this is Romney's "beloved family pet," now. Romney says he will attend the next GOP presidential debate set for Monday at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After last weekend's two debates in South Carolina, advisers to the former Massachusetts governor had said the candidate hadn't committed to any more campaign debates. But Romney said Saturday, on the day when South Carolinians are voting in their state's GOP primary, that he will be at the Tampa debate. His commitment to the debate might be a sign that he doesn't think he will do as well as first thought in South Carolina against rival Newt Gingrich and will need to continue the fight in Florida. The Florida primary is Jan. 31. USF is the same place that a professor was arrested and charged with being the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's organization in the United States and accused of having set up a terrorist cell at the school. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian who was born in Kuwait, was arrested Thursday morning at his Tampa home, one of four people arrested here and in Chicago. Authorities were still searching for four other men overseas.

    My truthful views.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    My grandfather trucked cattle from eastern Utah to Salt Lake every week of his life. Fortunately for the cattle, he was humane and had them ride in the cab with him.

    Just what does the writer expect an animal do when nature calls, perhaps send for his valet?

    Our dogs would not ride inside the cab of our trucks. They preferred being in the back of the truck where they could feel the breeze.

    Projecting human feeling and sensitivities onto animals does not make the animal human. For that matter, how many dogs kill their innocent unborn young?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    He wants to strap us all to the top of the car. In a small cage.

    Unless, of course, we can prove we are loyal Republicans by making generous donations to campaign funds.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    I would love to see a detailed psychological profile of Romney. There are a number of things he says and does that make me wonder about his past. I'm serious about this. I think there are some unresolved issues that sometimes manifest themselves while he is such a public person. This has led me to some serious reservations about him serving as President.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Romney is really tone deaf on a lot of issues, not only does he have to live down his doggy abuse incident, but his comments about money show him to be very out of touch with the average person. It is very hard for someone raised with "a silver spoon in their mouth" to understand how difficult finances can be for the average person. He has made numerous insensitive comments about money including this "I'm unemployed too" statement, his $10,000 bet, and his off handed comment about the trivial $137,000 he made last year in speaking fees.
    His verbal gaffes are a lot like those made by Al Gore, another trust fund baby.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 5:19 a.m.

    I'll bet whichever member of Romney's family (or was it Romney himself?) told this story regrets it now. Why was the story told? Probably to show that the Romneys are "regular folks," who actually drive cars on a vacation, rather than wealthy elitists who fly their private jets and hire chauffeurs when they get to their far-away resort.

    Nice try, but we're not fooled. Anybody who can leave their kids a $100 million trust fund can afford a heated, air-conditioned van for their dog. But that wouldn't play well to the masses.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2012 1:39 a.m.

    Mitt's a harsh master, apparently. Get ready to be treated like Ol' Shamus.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 12:37 a.m.

    I guess this means the sub-human "poor" Americans can expect to get "hosed" too!