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WCAX Blind Sled Dog PKG 3/4/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 11, 2013

This is quite possibly my favorite piece I have done so far, and certainly the one that has gotten the most attention.

The story is about a sled dog, Gonzo, who went blind suddenly a few years ago, and nothing could fix it. His owners at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel were debating his future when the veterinarian suggested they try to run him with the team, since Gonzo wanted to go out. Over time, Gonzo’s brother, Poncho, realized his brother needed help and became his guide on the course.

Photographer Andy Goodrich and I went over to New Hampshire the week before it aired to shoot the piece (a 2.5-hour drive each way, but it was worth it), and I worked late finishing the script that day.

It debuted on the morning show on March 4 and ran in some form in every broadcast that day (cutdowns at noon and 5 p.m., full pieces in the morning, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.).

The next morning, CNN called the station and I answered — they asked me to send the piece to them for their affiliates to use, and then they also linked to the story on the northeast section of their home page. So it got quite a bit of attention — as those dogs deserved.

It was just a good piece to do — an uplifting story, which is good to balance out some of the other news we tend to report that isn’t necessarily pleasant stuff.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

March 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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