This was Mitt’s ignorance. It seems grossly out of character for him to be mean to the family dog on purpose with kids in tow. Ten tons of flak later, he has surely learned his lesson about dogs.
The dog eating story hits me as really odd because Muslims would never do that.
I agree with you re: Mitt. You and I both know he is not going to knowingly be cruel to an animal. The dog eating story as I understand it was when President Obama was a child. He does not, nor would he, eat dog now.