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Story From Romneyís Past Prompts Protest at Dog Show
The New York Times ^ | February 14 2012 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS

Posted on 02/14/2012 1:25:08 PM PST by Cincinna

Mitt Romney may have a new constituency to worry about: dogs and dog lovers.

The group “Dogs Against Romney” held a protest outside the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to the story of how 25 years ago, Mr. Romney drove from Boston to Canada on vacation with his dog, Seamus, in a carrier strapped to the roof of the family station wagon — a tale that political commentators and opponents have seized on it as a window into Mr. Romney’s character. About a dozen people stood outside Madison Square Garden with signs reading “Mitt is Mean.”

And it has also drawn people who won’t let go. With almost 2,500 followers on Twitter and 25,000 likes on Facebook, “Dogs Against Romney” mostly has fun with the issue, posting cute pictures online of dogs wearing bandanas that say “I Ride Inside.” Members call themselves a “super pack,” sign messages with “woof,” and sell T-shirts with the slogans “Never forget Crate-Gate” and “Dogs aren’t luggage.”

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Seamus Romney &  DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY make the NYT! Interesting to watch how this is spreading. Masterful use of the media. BOL!
 


1 posted on 02/14/2012 1:25:22 PM PST by Cincinna
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To: Cincinna
Dog's don't let their pet owners vote Mitt, Fido says no to Mitt.

You hear that voters in Michigan ? just say no to Mitt on primary day.
2 posted on 02/14/2012 1:27:31 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: American Constitutionalist
I remember when Johnson picked his beagle up by the ears. That was blown out of proportion too.
3 posted on 02/14/2012 1:31:17 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Cincinna
Mr. Romney drove from Boston to Canada on vacation with his dog, Seamus, in a carrier strapped to the roof of the family station wagon

Poor little guy...probably kept up with him for a mile or so.
4 posted on 02/14/2012 1:33:49 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Cincinna
Mitt Romney aka Sparky and Clark

tying dog to bumper....


5 posted on 02/14/2012 1:35:40 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Cincinna; Diogenesis; Liz

You all been freeping in NYC? Glad to see someone notice. Shame no one created a TV add to be run during the show.


6 posted on 02/14/2012 1:37:33 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Fido says: YES to Meat, NO to Mitt!


7 posted on 02/14/2012 1:37:47 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Cincinna
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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Don't get carried away by Mitt.

Paid for by Bowser's daddy against Romney.
8 posted on 02/14/2012 1:38:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinna



9 posted on 02/14/2012 1:39:25 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: Cincinna

So has Michael Vick endorsed Mitt, yet?


10 posted on 02/14/2012 1:42:54 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Cincinna
Mitt 'Family Truckster' Romney aka Sparky

with 'Seamus' on the roof....


11 posted on 02/14/2012 1:42:56 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: dfwgator

Snoop Dogg couldn’t be reached for comment.

Fo’shizzle.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 1:48:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Snoop recently endorsed Ron Paul.


13 posted on 02/14/2012 1:52:06 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: cripplecreek

Snoop recently endorsed Ron Paul.


14 posted on 02/14/2012 1:52:33 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Cincinna

This was a dumb move on Romney’s part, but I can think of many other things to rag on him about than this.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 1:55:20 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Cincinna
It's a bit surprising that the NY times carried this story already.

You'd think they'd want Rovemney to win the nomination first, then trumpet this story endlessly through the General Election.

This story could defeat Rovemney if he makes it to Novemeber.

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16 posted on 02/14/2012 2:00:02 PM PST by repentant_pundit (Sammy's your uncle, but he behaves like a spoiled rotten kid.)
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To: Cincinna

‘Mutts against Mitt’.

In Chicago - pit bulls probably vote;)


17 posted on 02/14/2012 2:12:29 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: dfwgator
Michael Vick-the logical choice for Mitt's veep.

DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY

NOW ON FACEBOOK!
DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY.COM

DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY

NOW ON FACEBOOK!
SEAMUS ROMNEY ON FACEBOOK BOL!


We all know the sad story of Seamus, the Romney family Irish Setter who was strapped to the top of the Romney station wagon for at least one 12-hour trip to Canada - and who at least once pooped himself in fear and, after being given an “emotion-free” hosing down by Mitt Romney, was placed once more atop the car for more terrifying hours on the highway.

The Romney family has said previously that Seamus was given away to Romney’s sister after this fateful trip, and lived out the last of his days on a lovely farm.  But now new questions emerge. According to Hunter Walker, writing for the Politicker NY, a blog of the New York Observer, Mitt Romney “may not have told the whole truth about the scandalous tale.” According to a “trusted Politicker tipster,” Walker says, “two of Romney’s sons had an off-the-record conversation with reporters” in which they revealed that Seamus actually “ran away when they reached their destination” in Canada. As of this writing, says Walker, “the Romney campaign has not responded to multiple requests for comment on this story.” What is the truth about Seamus' fate? Did he live out his days on a bucolic farm, as Romney has said? Or was he abandoned somewhere in Canada, alone, to fend for himself?


18 posted on 02/14/2012 2:18:15 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: sodpoodle

Rats vote in Chicago. Dead Rats.


19 posted on 02/14/2012 2:18:48 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: rfp1234

While I’m no fan of Ron Paul, Snoop Dogg has shown himself to be a lot brighter than Samuel Jackson.


20 posted on 02/14/2012 2:18:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinna

Story is horse manure, what a man does with his livestock is his business. I passed a guy with a load of hogs last week and he did not have sweaters on them.


21 posted on 02/14/2012 2:27:55 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Cincinna

Story is horse manure, what a man does with his livestock is his business. I passed a guy with a load of hogs last week and he did not have sweaters on them.


22 posted on 02/14/2012 2:29:06 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: org.whodat

Shame on you! The family dog is not livestock!
As Conservatives, we oppose cruelty to animals and to the children who were forced to witness this cruelty.
How a man treats his dog is indicative of his character.
What a horrible example to set for one’s children.


23 posted on 02/14/2012 2:39:28 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I once saw a pickup truck used for carrying a complete team of sled dogs. Each dog had a tube-like compartment with a small door with a window looking out at the road.

Most dogs love cave-like dens. Most dogs also love to look out of windows from a moving vehicle. These sled dogs eagerly jumped into their individual cells, arranged like a honeycomb. It was plain that they had done this before, and were eager for the next ride.

There is nothing at all cruel about carrying a dog in a box where he can lie down and sleep, or watch the world go by. They just need adequate warmth and ventilation, and stops for “exercise.”

Dogs do not suffer claustrophobia: burrows and caves are natural for the whole dog family. Those dogs riding in cars seem to enjoy the heightened intensity of smells caused by wind blowing across their olfactory membranes. They are happy to travel like this. If they didn’t like such travel, they would probably bite you.


24 posted on 02/14/2012 2:40:25 PM PST by docbnj
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To: docbnj

What dogs like is being with their family, which is their “pack.”

What they don’t like is being left alone for long periods of time, as when owners go off to work for a whole day. That makes them depressed.


25 posted on 02/14/2012 2:44:49 PM PST by docbnj
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Mitt, is that you? Sounds exactly like Romney’s excuse.
Mitt put poor Seamus in a cage on the car roof for 12 hours exposed to the wind and elements. He was so scared he pooped himself, but control freak Mitt didn’t walk him. His own kids say Mitt didn’t allow restroom breaks for them.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 3:42:16 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna; Jim Robinson; afraidfortherepublic; mojo114; seenenuf; LucyT; Think free or die; ...

I think you all might find this interesting. I know it’s not French Politics and Culture or Fashion, but we all love dogs!


27 posted on 02/14/2012 3:53:09 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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I think you all might find this interesting. I know it’s not French Politics and Culture or Fashion, but we all love dogs!


28 posted on 02/14/2012 3:53:09 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: docbnj

Yep! The dog loved it SO much he got diarrhea. The kids thought it was so cool they asked dad to stop.

/vast amounts of sarcasm


29 posted on 02/14/2012 4:06:34 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

30 posted on 02/14/2012 4:11:09 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Cincinna
I'll probably hate myself for it, but even if Romney's the nominee and the very last hope for humanity as we know it, I can't vote for him.

This one's for you, Seamus. Woof!

31 posted on 02/14/2012 4:13:56 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: GBA

Like button!


32 posted on 02/14/2012 4:15:00 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: Cincinna
He probably did not have room in the car...and if the crate was a good dog carrier, and if he stopped to make sure the pet could do his business and have water...I see nothing at all wrong with it.

Dogs generally like to see where they are, feel the wind, and have a place to lay down.

So if it was an adequate dog carrier, properly ventilated and restrained and if he ensured there was sufficent water and breaks for the dog relieve itself...then I have no problem at all with this.

My guess is none of the aspects of this story dealing with these matters have been examined...or if they have, they have not been reported, and if not, probably because the dog was just fine on the family vacation and they simply want to gen up the hype.

33 posted on 02/14/2012 4:46:56 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: docbnj; Brad's Gramma

See my post 33. This is not necessarily as bad as folks are making it out to be. Those issues I raise are the questions that should be asked, and if they were accounted for, there is nothing wrong with it.


34 posted on 02/14/2012 4:49:19 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

I still couldn’t do that to an animal. Didn’t he drive a station wagon? (asking..thinking so..). I’d rather tie the luggage to the roof and keep the pet in the auto.


35 posted on 02/14/2012 4:56:16 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Cincinna; All
True story and when the kids hollered EWWWWWHH, GROSS, Mitt pulled into the gas station and hosed the car and the dog down with cold water, got back in the car and continued the trip.


36 posted on 02/14/2012 5:17:04 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Cincinna

First, let me state that I am in no way a defender of Romney and have referred to him here on FR as mittens the dog abuser many times, have never supported him and never will. However.... I don’t believe for one minute that there is not a political agenda behind those protestors at the dog show and all of them are most likely Hussein supporters.

I would never have done what mittens did and I shudder to think about one of my dogs being on the roof of my car in a crate. I’ve never seen a dog on the roof of any car in a crate but I have seen plenty of them riding in cars, with open windows and riding in the back of pick up trucks which in my opinion is even more dangerous. The dog can easily step on the button and roll the window up on it’s neck, could fall out or jump out, or be thrown out in case of an accident. I always crate my dogs INSIDE the car while driving.

Now let’s talk about Barry Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama or whatever his real name is, for a minute. At least mittens allowed his family to have a pet, and took it with them while on a vacation, unlike the Kenyan who NEVER EVER had any pet. He stated that his kids had begged for a dog for years, but they never got one. WHY?? Then he promised as soon as the elections were over he would get them one. That was early November 2008. Did he do it? Hell no. January comes and he and the big wookie move in and begin their usurpation of the WH. Did he get it then? No....he still can’t decide what to get that will make Mr. Narcissist look the best, although I doubt if the kids cared, they just wanted a dog.

February passes, March passes, finally in April 2008 after Teddy the swimmer insisted they take a dog he found that had been returned to the breeder, they got the PWD, now called Bo. They now had ‘maids’, ‘servants’, ‘professional dog walkers’(all paid for by us) to take care of all of the chores that come with a new puppy or dog. When they lived in Chicago, they couldn’t be bothered with it. Not when they would have to do all the work of cleaning up, feeding, training, etc.

Then coincidentally he names it BO, supposedly after BoJangles and I call complete BS on that one. He named it after his initials, being the pathological narcissist that he was and made up the Bojangles crap.

I had bets with some liberals that voted for him that there would be no dog until he got in the WH and they had someone else to do the work for them. I won those bets since they were sure he would do as he promised and get the dog right after the elections.

If you love animals, you share your life with animals, unless you rent and can’t have them or can’t care for them, which was not the case with the Soetoros....and they never had an animal.... EVER!!!!

I am not defending mittens, I have said it over and over that what he did was weird. Bizarre? YES! Cruel? I don’t know, I didn’t see the crate but it is not something I would ever do but lots of people do things with their pets that I think are wrong. LBJ used to pick his Beagles up by their ears. I would never do that and I am pretty sure my dogs would yelp if I did, but maybe his dogs didn’t mind it.

The other Presidents dogs were part of the family. Barry Soetoro couldn’t care less about BO. To him, Bo is just a photo OP when he needs to try to boost his sagging approval ratings and only idiots fall for it....but after all there are a lot of idiots since he did get elected. Of course a lot of dead voters and people that voted several times probably helped with that.


37 posted on 02/14/2012 5:29:00 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: org.whodat

From your lips to a muslim’s ass.


38 posted on 02/14/2012 5:31:40 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: MEGoody

I can think of many other things to rag on him about than this
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TONS of things, real reasons, but this resonates with the dumbed down Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Wii crowd. They don’t understand those complicated political reasons that are the real reasons to say NO NO NO to mittens, not some stupid thing he did with his dog many years ago.


39 posted on 02/14/2012 5:41:56 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Cincinna
Bull you are one of those Peta people that want to out law people hauling horses in trailer, and hunting dogs in dog boxes and gray-hound racing dogs in dog trailers. You are beyond contempt, and all animals are animals and if they belong to you by definitions they are livestock.
40 posted on 02/14/2012 5:44:39 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Cincinna

I never heard that before. :( It wouldn’t surprise me if that did happen. Irish Setters are known for that and to be honest, that is one breed I would never own. They are a little whacky. Hopefully if it is true, he found a loving home with some Canadian family.


41 posted on 02/14/2012 5:45:42 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: docbnj

That’s why it’s better to have more than one dog. Even then, mine still act like they haven’t seen me for a year whether I am gone all day or for 1 hour.


42 posted on 02/14/2012 5:48:46 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Cincinna

Not defending here, but sometimes dogs poop in crates, even at dog shows. I can assure you that at Westminster yesterday and today, some dogs pooped in their crates and these are the best of the best and pampered show dogs. It happens. It doesn’t always mean they are afraid, sometimes it’s nerves, sometimes they just get excited and sometimes they just have to go. One of mine did it in the crate that was inside the car on the way to the vet. She wasn’t afraid or particularly excited, she just needed to go, so that part, to me, really isn’t that relevant. I would have been terrified the crate would fall off the car and that my dogs would have been afraid of the speed and being alone.


43 posted on 02/14/2012 5:53:35 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Cincinna
25,000 followers on facebook? Look at how it was reported in the media:

A press release announcing the “Dogs Against Romney” protest promised a pack of ” passionate canines and humans,” however, when we arrived at Madison Square Garden shortly before the demonstration’s appointed noon start time, there were only two protesters carrying signs reading “Mitt is Mean” and “Dogs Against Romney.” Nary a dog was in sight, but the media was out in force. We spotted more reporters than we could count including representatives from the Huffington Post, Gothamist, Daily News, CNN’s “off-beat” correspondent Jeanne Moos and, of course, the Observer.

44 posted on 02/14/2012 6:55:13 PM PST by StarFan
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Thanks Cincinna.


45 posted on 02/14/2012 7:03:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Please count me in! We ride inside! BOL!


46 posted on 02/14/2012 7:19:46 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

“About a dozen people stood”

This makes news - and a whole article. They’d be dwarfed by just the people in the ring during BIS.


47 posted on 02/14/2012 7:29:22 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: mojitojoe

I totally agree. BO is a photo-op dig, jetted around on AF2 at taxpayer expense for photo-ops with Barry & co.
Ditto for poor Buddy Clinton, who was offer when he was no longer politically useful.


48 posted on 02/14/2012 7:33:19 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: docbnj

“burrows and caves are natural for the whole dog family.”

Actually, IIRC, that’s not true. Wolves (I assume everyone really means) don’t use caves, except at whelping time. Basically they’re in caves as babies, and as whelping/lactating mothers.

Turns out the whole crate thing is a sham. Not that crates don’t work, but the rationalization (as opposed to rationale, eh?) is faulty.


49 posted on 02/14/2012 7:43:46 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: mojitojoe

I DESPISE the Westminister Dog Show. Those dogs owners make Mitt look like THE best dog owner ever. I used to work X the street from Madison Square Garden. The boxing fans were better and classier, and more civil, than those dog owners.

Once, during the dog show, I happened into the former Gimbels Dept Store. They had a mannequin in couture, with a VERY expensive dress. It had to be changed because one of the dog owners let its little charge pee on the dress! Ask any sales clerk from any store in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden how much they just looooooooooove the dog show. The animals are on the wrong end of the leash.


50 posted on 02/14/2012 8:08:54 PM PST by EDINVA
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