Have dog, will travel to Freeport

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.

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.