Mitt Romney’s dog Seamus inspires new tale

WASHINGTON — The tale has inspired ample political commentary, and more than a few columns for the New York Times’ Gail Collins. Now, the story of Mitt Romney’s former dog Seamus could start becoming a profit-maker.

A new book, “Dog on the Roof! On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt,’’ is being released next month by the reputable publisher Simon and Schuster.

The book depicts the Romney family — using early photos of Mitt, his wife, Ann, and their five boys — crammed into a station wagon with a dog atop it. The family is shown driving to cities around the country as the authors use sing-song verse to lampoon Romney’s positions on immigration, gay rights, his ties to Wall Street — and the fact that he once drove to Canada with his dog in a container on top of the car.


“I’m there on the lawn and then suddenly — poof!’’ Seamus is shown thinking at one point. “The next thing I know, I’m a dog on a roof!’’

On the back of the book, Lassie give her endorsement (“I howled!’’) as does Benji (“I laughed. I cried. I liked myself’’) and Bo Obama (“A real page-turner — which isn’t easy to do with paws’’).

Seamus joins a long list of active political dogs. Several children’s books have been written about Bo and Barney, the Bush family’s Scottish terrier, was featured in a number of videos put out by the White House. The late Senator Edward M. Kennedy wrote “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.,’’ a book about his dog Splash’s adventures.

The book on Romney’s book is written by satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin, who perform for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered’’ and have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune.

The book, listed at $12.99, goes on sale June 19.

The Globe first wrote about Seamus in 2007, as part of its seven-part series on Romney’s life. The story involved Romney strapping the Irish setter in a crate on top of a car in 1983 for a 12-hour family trip to Canada. During the trip, the dog apparently suffered diarrhea, which ran down the back window of the car and triggered howling from the five Romney boys in the back.


Romney pulled into a service station, borrowed a hose to wash down Seamus and the car, and then put the dog back in the crate on the roof and drove on to Ontario.

Romney’s opponents have used the story to cast him as out of touch. Collins, a columnist for the New York Times, mentions it almost every time she writes about Romney, something the authors of the latest book pay homage to just after the title page.

“For our families,’’ they write. “And Gail Collins.’’

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