News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Josh Dog, a hypo-allergic stuffed dog, is a copy of a real golden retriever owned by veterinarian Dr. Randy Lange of Knoxville, Tenn., says the Lamoille News & Citizen. Dr. Lange’s book, I’ll Be O.K, was written to help kids heading into surgery understand the procedure and recovery process. It is part of a national program, recently introduced into Vermont with the support of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL). They are working on having the Josh Dogs available throughout the state courtesy of the 36 squadrons that are attached to about half of the American Legion Posts in Vermont. Area businesses, like Hoagie’s Pizza and Pasta in Morristown, also are donating to the program. “We want to make sure that every child who wants a Josh Dog has one,” said Henry Cleveland, Children and Youth Chairman for the SAL Detachment of Vermont. Man’s best friend to the rescue once again.

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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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