News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Man’s best friend now is also a hall of famer. Fourteen teams of Vermont police officers and the dogs they handle were the first to enter the Hall of Fame with a public ceremony at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford last month, said the Rutland Herald. Officers realized that while police dogs had been active in the state for about 30 years, there was nothing to honor their achievements. Teams were chosen from nominations submitted by police chiefs and handlers across the state. "These are canines that caught bad guys, helped suicidal persons, got a lot of drugs off the street or even saved officers’ lives," said Colchester Police Officer David Dewey. The granite monument on which the teams’ names are etched is available for public viewing. Dewey said he couldn’t find any other state that had set aside a physical space to honor the hall of fame. We hope they got an extra pat and a dog goodie to celebrate their well-deserved, now carved in stone, status.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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