The Romneys are still pretty sure their dog loved being strapped to the roof of their car

Mitt and Ann Romney gave an exclusive interview to ABC’s Diane Sawyer last night, and she took the opportunity to bring up one old, nagging question that just won’t seem to leave Mitt alone: Did he seriously strap his dog to the roof of his car on a trip from Boston to Canada?

The incident of the dog on the roof has become one of those things that sticks to a candidate—for Michael Dukakis it was the picture of him sitting in a tank in a goofy helmet. There were no photos taken of Romney strapping his dog Seamus to the roof of his Chevrolet on that fated car trip in 1983, but the image of it seems to stick in our heads regardless.

Protests from animal lovers who call the move inhumane haven’t helped Romney’s image of being soulless and robotic. Romney has said that he would never again choose to tie his dog to the roof of his car “with the attention it’s received,” but Ann Romney doubled down last night, telling Sawyer the dog loved the roof ride.

“The dog loved it,” she said. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation.”

My question is, How often was this dog being strapped to the roof if it had a pavlovian response just looking at the crate? I had a dog growing up and he also loved the car (the inside of it) and he would also go crazy every time we said the word “store,” because he knew it was time for a ride. So far the coverage of Seamus’ trip on the roof has centered around this one Boston-Canada incident in 1983. But it sounds like this was a regular part of the Romney family routine.

“It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks,” Romney continued last night. You know what would be even kinder? Finding a way to bring him inside the car.