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 unusual. 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…
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.