The PJ Tatler

Mitt Romney Saves Dog, Several People

Like Allah, I’m puzzled why this story hasn’t gotten more circulation. It could have come up at any time the Romney camp wanted to show his leadership, quick thinking, or just to sidle up to the outdoor recreation crowd. Once Axelrod launched the Dog Wars, this 2007 rescue story should have made a quick and strong comeback.

Gov. Mitt Romney rode to the rescue over the weekend during a vacation trip — using his Jet Ski to help pluck a New Jersey family and their dog out of Lake Winnipesaukee after their boat sank.

The drama began at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, as Romney and his family were relaxing at their lakeside summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Gubernatorial son Josh Romney told the Herald yesterday that he and brother Craig were cleaning the beach while their father puttered in the garage when the quiet night air was pierced with screams.

“We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

Chasing fleeting glimpses of “bobbling heads” in the water, the Romney trio arrived on their two Jet Skis to find three women and three men wearing lifejackets they hadn’t even had time to buckle.

The governor pulled the two younger women aboard his three-seater Jet Ski and zoomed back to shore, while his sons helped the mother of the family onto their vehicle.

In the middle of the rescue, the governor actually took a dunking himself — thrown off the Jet Ski as one anxious boater scrambled aboard and tipped the craft off-balance.

The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

The Romney boys rescue dogs, they don’t eat them. That’ll fit on a bumper sticker. The story also makes for a good campaign subtext now: Romney would ride in to rescue a nation drowning in Obama’s debt. Plus, Obama ate dogs.

Front page thumbnail thanks to Sondra K.