In a historic first, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has issued a proclamation declaring July 28th “Hobbes Remembrance Day” across the state, in honor of long-time, WVTK canine radio host, Hobbes, who passed away July 28, 2020, at the age of 13.
After being rescued from a terrible domestic violence situation in 2009, the lovable, brown dachshund was adopted by the Zeman family, & nursed back to health. Hobbes would join his dad, Bruce, on the air at WVTK in Middlebury, making history, as the nation’s first, canine morning radio show host.
During his distinguished career, along with Bruce, Hobbes visited hundreds of schools across the country, promoting anti-bullying efforts, while teaching empathy & kindness to young and old alike. His book “Hobbes Goes Home” was recognized by former President Barack Obama, after the 44th president sent a letter to the Zeman’s, acknowledging how important their work was.
Hobbes received significant accolades in Vermont as well, being recognized by the Vermont Legislature twice (2010 & 2014), for his work on behalf of kids and animals, becoming the ONLY canine in state history allowed on the floor to receive those awards.
“Hobbes was an important figure in Addison County and beyond, always bringing smiles to faces and brightening peoples’ days,” said Governor Scott. “I’m signing this proclamation to remember his many contributions to our communities and honor his memory.”
During events, Hobbes was able to spend time with Governor Scott, also an animal lover, and always looked forward to seeing him. “I know Hobbes always looked for the Governor at events we were at together. Animals know good people, and Governor Scott is one of those people. He cares, and that’s why Hobbes liked him so much,” Zeman said.
As he continued his radio career, Hobbes continued to make firsts, becoming the ONLY dog in Vermont history to become a Police K9 in three cities, and four departments – (Middlebury, Bristol, Vergennes, and a deputy Sheriff, with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.) He was also the official “Fire Dog” of the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department.
Hobbes was a fixture at many events around the state, and out of all his accomplishments, one of his proudest was being awarded the prestigious Alan B. Noyes Service Award, by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, in 2012.
“Hobbes did so much during his life, & I was looking for a way to honor him,” Zeman said. “Governor Scott’s proclamation does that & shows anyone can make a difference in the world.”