Have dog, will travel to Freeport

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
Sunglasses accessorize a dog riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle traveling through Freeport.
Sunglasses accessorize a dog riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle traveling through Freeport. Buy Photo
A yellow Labrador retriever and a beagle await the return of their owner in a pickup truck on Main Street in Freeport.
A yellow Labrador retriever and a beagle await the return of their owner in a pickup truck on Main Street in Freeport. Buy Photo
A cockapoo takes from the passenger seat while waiting at a crosswalk for pedestrians in Freeport.
A cockapoo takes from the passenger seat while waiting at a crosswalk for pedestrians in Freeport. Buy Photo
A poodle keeps an eye on the road while riding in the back seat in Freeport.
A poodle keeps an eye on the road while riding in the back seat in Freeport. Buy Photo
A canine passenger gets some fresh air in the back seat on a drive through Freeport.
A canine passenger gets some fresh air in the back seat on a drive through Freeport. Buy Photo
A golden retriever rides in convertible while passing through Freeport.
A golden retriever rides in convertible while passing through Freeport. Buy Photo
A driver and his dog watch shoppers while waiting in traffic in Freeport.
A driver and his dog watch shoppers while waiting in traffic in Freeport. Buy Photo
A lap dog rides in style in an antique car leaving Shaw's supermarket in Freeport.
A lap dog rides in style in an antique car leaving Shaw's supermarket in Freeport. Buy Photo
A German shepherd rides with his head out the back window of a Jeep traveling down Main St. in Freeport.
A German shepherd rides with his head out the back window of a Jeep traveling down Main St. in Freeport. Buy Photo

Back in 1983 Mitt Romney was preparing to take his family on a 12-hour drive for a vacation in Ontario. With five sons and a lot of luggage packed into the car, there was no room for the family dog. So he decided to put Seamus, an Irish setter, in a dog carrier and strapped it to the roof of the car. Somewhere along the way on the 12-hour drive Seamus got sick and the family had to stop at a car wash.

The Boston Globe first reported the incident in 2007 but it wasn’t until the current presidential campaign that the story became widely known. Then everyone from late-night talk-show host David Letterman to Romney’s Republican rivals in the primary had a field day with the story. Dog lovers frequently protest at the candidate’s campaign stops.

Most vacationers who come to Maine pass through Freeport, so photographer Robert Bukaty went there to take a look at how dogs are traveling these days.

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