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Bruce Zeman, and his trusty dachshund side-kick, Hobbes, have been together since 2009, and made history from the moment they met. Hobbes, a domestic violence survivor, who was adopted by Bruce & his wife Tami, had been terribly abused before being rescued by the Addison County Humane Society in late 2009. Shortly after his rescue, Hobbes joined Bruce on the radio, and the two “Best Buddies” became a wildly popular duo, changing radio in Vermont for good.
Local radio had “Gone to the Dogs.”
Since becoming a team, Bruce & Hobbes have worked to better the lives of animals, and judging from the world-wide response, their message has been well-received. Hobbes is the only canine in Vermont history to be honored as a Police K-9 in three communities, and four departments – Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol. Hobbes is also the “official” fire dog of the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department.
Since becoming the nation’s only human / canine morning show duo, Bruce & Hobbes have worked tirelessly to make Vermont a better place. In 2010, and again in 2014, the Vermont Legislature recognized “The Wake-Up Crew with Bruce & Hobbes” with resolutions honoring them for community service work, and dedication to helping animals. At the 2010 ceremony, Hobbes made headlines, becoming the only canine in Vermont history allowed on the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives to receive his award.
Since 2009, Bruce & Hobbes have helped over 1000 animals find homes, raised over $50,000 for the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center in Middlebury, and donated over $250,000 to animal-related causes. They’ve also written a children’s book, “Hobbes Goes Home,” which has been called “one of the most important children’s books EVER written.”
The Vermont Association of Broadcasters recognized the duo in 2012, with the prestigious, “Alan Noyes Award,” for Community Service.
Bruce & Hobbes are available for speaking engagements nationwide.
Check out the “Bruce & Hobbes” Facebook page by clicking here.