Just out of curiosity, would anyone dream of stashing their beloved family pet in a kennel on the car roof and then traveling for 12 hours - or any amount of time?
I'm not even over the end of the continuum that calls them my fur babies but I can't imagine even considering this. Don't mean to start a discussion on what the appropriate nomenclature of pets is by the way but just mean that I recognize that my dogs and my children are both beloved but in different ways so on a scale I imagine there are people who go to greater lengths to cosset their pets.
I am sure you are all familiar with Mitt's Amazing Summer Vacation.
Romney's roof-mounted dog carrier became famous thanks to a 2007 Boston Globe story. The paper reported that in 1983, Romney packed up his family for a 12-hour drive from Boston to Ontario. His five sons filled up the car, leaving no room for the family's Irish Setter, Seamus, so the resourceful Romney strapped the dog's crate to the car roof.
When Seamus suffered an apparent bout of diarrhea during the trip, Romney pulled into a service station, where "he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway," the Globe reported. "It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management."