52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #45, Our Dogs Will Be Safe

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Perhaps no other reason to vote for Obama is more important than this one, according to my basset hound, Rusty. We have had many long chats about this topic, while he lies on the couch (wait, what are you doing on the couch!) and I outline my rationales for the president's reelection. "But what about the dogs?" Rusty howls. "What about us?" He's petrified.

2012-09-28-dogs.jpgAnd with good reason. By now, everybody knows the story. Mitt Romney, during a family vacation, strapped his dog, Seamus, to the roof of his car during a twelve-hour drive to Canada. The Irish setter got sick during the ride on top of a faux-wood paneled station wagon. Mittens stopped the car, cleaned up the dog, strapped him back up on top and kept moving.

"Dogs Aren't Luggage" T-shirts and bumper stickers are everywhere. "Dogs Against Romney" has over sixty thousand Likes on Facebook and a website, complete with buttons and magnets. They've even formed a Dogs Against Romney super PAC and organized a sister division, Horses Against Romney. Animal rights activists protested outside the Westminster dog show in February.

Even a rival Republican strategist remarked, "Quite frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his dog to the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway."

Rusty has already organized the Manhattan chapter of "Dogs for Obama," which meets weekly at the Washington Square dog park in the West Village. He's even organized a Bone-Raiser and extended an invitation to Bo, the First Dog, who he hopes will be the main barker for the event.

"You know, I'm not going to take this lying down," Rusty barks. Yeah right.

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