Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt

During a 1983 family vacation, Mitt Romney transported his family’s pet dog, Seamus, on the roof of an automobile for 12 hours. This incident became a subject of media attention for Romney in both the 2008 presidential election and the 2012 presidential election. We’ve all heard the story.. Now let’s get it from the dog’s mouth!

They were the typical American family on a typical American road trip—Dad behind the wheel, Mom in the passenger seat, their five adorable kids piled in the back. And, of course, their beloved dog strapped to the roof.

Wait . . . what?

Now for the first time, here is the completely true—and only mildly embellished— shaggy-dog story of Seamus Romney, the famously fetching Irish setter whose master, future presidential candidate Mitt Romney, plopped him atop the family station wagon for that infamous 1983 car trip. From the majesty of Mount Rushmore to the fabulousness of San Francisco, from the sacred temple of Salt Lake City to the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C., here at last is Seamus’s rooftop account of that headline-grabbing journey . . . unleashed.

Doggedly chronicled by satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin (NPR’s All Things Considered), and cleverly illustrated by Colleen Clapp (The Chris Matthews Show, NBC News), this American tale is more than just the story of a dog on a hot tin roof. It is the inside (well . . . overhead) look at the Man Who Would Be President and the wild ride that’s sweeping—and bewildering—the nation.

If you have a sense of humor and looking for a quick read, I suggest taking a look at Dog on the Roof!. The book shed’s a satirical look into the infamous family road trip from the dog’s point of view. I chuckled a little from the occasion canine comments, to Seamus’s illustrated expressions.

Strapping the family dog to the roof of the car isn’t something I condone, but I did enjoy ready Bruce Kluger and David Slavin’s take on the incident. Grab it for a chuckle. Grab it for a laugh. It’s a quick pick me up from the seriousness of politics.

Available from Simon & Schuster 19 June, 2012. $12.99