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Woof woof. A group of “Dogs against Romney” plan to gather outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden today.

Their beef? A 1983 incident when Romney put the family dog, Seamus, on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour drive from Boston to Ontario. Seamus was in a dog carrier with a windshield – but the canine story would dog Romney for years.

Dogs against Romney, is the brainchild of Scott Crider, an Alabama online marketing and social media specialist and lifelong dog owner, who was shocked to read about Seamus in 2007. “I started Dogs Against Romney as a free blog the next day,” Crider said. “I was just mortified that somebody would put a live animal on top of their car and drive for 12 hours.”


A Dogs Against Romney Facebook group is “liked” by nearly 25,000 people. Though the organization consists of Crider, an independent voter, and his wife Morgan Robinson, the rallying cry has been picked up by New York area dog lovers, who are planning the dog show protest. Their goal, according to a press release, is to “ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs.”

Their message is this: “Dogs are not luggage.”

Shira Schoenberg can be reached at sschoenberg@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shiraschoenberg.