Mitt and the Mutt and How I Feel About Political Satire

I don’t always understand where pitches I get actually come from. Sometimes it from a previous relationship with a brand or PR firm. Sometimes it’s completely out of the blue. It’s those out-of-the-blue pitches that usually pique my interest and usually because they are a bit unsual. As am I. So sometimes it’s a fit.

Take, for example, the offer to review “Dog On The Roof,” a political satire book by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin. Dogs and politics? Sounded like my cup of tea. And this little slice of politics was about Mitt Romney and I wondered if they had read my blog.

Would they read my blog and know that I clearly have a conservative bent?

Would they know I’m a big ambiguous about the the conservative candidates in this fall’s Presidential election?

Would they know I could be mistaken for a bleeding heart liberal on the basis of my stance on animal welfare?

So I said yes on a whim and read the book when it came it. In fact, I dove right in a read in less than 15 minutes!

To be fair, it was only 64 pages and was mostly pictures. But I read it nevertheless and by the time I turned the last page, I had formed some clear opinions about this book. And the following statement pretty much sums it up…

Wait.. WHAT?

Because I was very confused. It didn’t picture Mitt in a flattering light but it wasn’t an all out bash. They basically made him look like the star of a light-hearted but cheesy 80s sitcom. And I didn’t quite know what to make of that.

So I went to my good friend Google and realized that I’m a little behind in the political season. If you’ll humor me, I’ll pretend like you are too and catch you up.

Apparently, Mitt Romney and family took a vacation back in 1983. He packed his wife and five kids into a wood-paneled stationwagon (I’m not sure about the wood paneling part but I think it paints a nice picture) for a 12 hour drive from Boston to Ontario, Canada. And they brought along the family dog – an Irish Setter named Seamus.

Side note: I’ve always wanted an Irish Setter named Big Red but we’d call him Red for short.

For reasons that I haven’t quite ascertained, the dog was placed in a dog carrier and strapped to the roof of the stationwagon in the same way that a luggage carrier might be placed. I would guess that a family of seven in a stationwagon doesn’t leave much room for cargo. However, if I had to choose between strapping my luggage to the roof or my beloved Big Red, I’d probably choose the luggage.

But that’s just me.

Mitt, not actually the cold-hearted snake he’s made out to be, made a windscreen for the carrier and secured the dog comfortably.

Yeah. That’s just plain weird. Just kennel the damn dog.

So anyway, this bizarre little story has been turned into a political satire book and beyond. After reading a little bit of news and understanding the story (or not really understanding the story but reading the facts), I get this book. It’s poking fun at an unbelievable story that begs to be poked fun at.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s not really a favorable view of Mitt. Then again, with a story like that, he probably deserves a little satire at the very least.

The kicker in all of this is that some people are making this story a deciding factor in this election. There is a whole movement targeting pet owners and animal lovers to vote against Mitt on the basis of cruel and inhumane treatment. If that was his intent, I’d rally against him. But I think he was just that oblivious. You can listen to his own response on it if you like. I doubt it will influence my vote for President but I certainly wouldn’t let him watch any of my pets.

As for the book? It’s cute. It’s fun to read. It makes a whole lot more sense knowing the story. In a few short months, it could be completely irrelevant but I’m holding on to mine just in case it becomes a collector’s item someday.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of “Dog On The Roof: On The Road With Mitt & The Mutt” for review. All opinions are clearly my own. I did throw a few affiliate links in this post just in case you decide you have to have this book. Cuz a blogger gotta eat.


  • MommyLisa

    Good grief. 

  • Melissa_FillingOurBucket

    The people who are letting this dictate who they vote for are worse than the people who believe his name is Mittens. (Can you tell I’m fairly obsessed with the whole Mittens thing? I’m pretty sure I laughed about it for days.)

    • FadraN

      Actually, I think it would be cool to have a President named Mittens. Of course, I’d expect her to be blond and buxom.

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