On the Media analyzes the media’s fascination with Mitt Romney’s dog carrier, From the website:
In 1983, Mitt Romney took his family on a road trip from Boston to Canada, with the family dog Seamus strapped to the roof of the car. Almost 5 years ago, the Seamus story made it into a Boston Globe story, and to this day, the anecdote of Seamus the dog continues to haunt Romney. Bob speaks to Boston Globe Magazine writer Neil Swidey, the person to first dig up the Seamus story.
Follow the link to listen.
Frankly, I think the story has staying power because the idea of strapping a dog in a carrier to the top of a car is so outre that most persons would not have thought of it, let alone considered it seriously.
One of the commenters at the website (the comments are mostly–and surprisingly–sane) has this to say:
I wonder if the host of this segment is a Romney fan and/or has never had a dog he liked very much.
He spoke about the dog carrier as if it was a custom built carrier for car rooftops and that this misunderstanding is the root of the story’s staying power. . . .
Try doing some research (like a Google shopping search) and you’ll find that there is NO SUCH THING AS A “ROOFTOP DOG CARRIER!”