News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Hobbs, a four-year-old formerly abused dachshund, has found notoriety by winning the Media Madness Bobblehead contest created by Vermont Lake Monsters, says the Burlington Free Press. Hobbs and his partner, radio station morning drive time DJ Bruce Zeman, beat out other contestants from six Champain Valley radio stations, for the honor based on 60,000 votes. Zeman never intended Hobbs as part of his morning show, but he was swamped by listeners after explaining the dog’s past life story on the air and his subsequent rescue from the Addison County Humane Society by Bruce and his wife, Tami. Bruce and Hobbs will be honored by the Single-A baseball franchise of the Oakland Athletics before an Aug. 20 game and also will have $1,000 donated to the Humane Society by the Lake Monsters and FairPoint Communications. “We are absolutely thrilled, and unbelievably grateful to Bruce and Hobbs,” says Addison County Humane Society Director Jackie Rose.

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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.