Ann Romney laughed while explaining that Seamus, the dog once owned by the Romney family, “loved” traveling on top of the family car.
“The dog loved it,” Romney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an interview. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”
“Once, he — we traveled all the time — and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney explained, according to ABC News, laughing while describing the incident.
Seamus is particularly famous for a 1983 trip to a summer cottage in Ontario, Canada, when he became sick and defecated on himself and the windshield of the car while riding on the roof.
The incident has become a flash point for presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s opponents, who see the notion of putting a dog on the roof of a car as objectionable, and as indicative of Romney’s lack of compassion.
For his part, Mitt Romney said that he would never again put a dog on top of his car.
“Would you do it again?” asked Sawyer.
”Certainly not with the attention it’s received,” Mitt Romney responded.
Several years after the diarrhea incident, the Romney family — concerned about Seamus’s predisposition toward wandering about town and concerned he might be hit by a car — gave the dog away to Mitt Romney’s sister Jane in California, according to The Boston Globe.