Survival of the furriest

COLCHESTER – At 10:30 a.m. last Saturday, Milton police Officer Jason Porter and K9 Hatchi ran along the edges of Lake Champlain off Camp Kiniya. They weren’t looking for a suspect or tracking drugs; rather, they were one of over 120 dog and handler teams to participate in the 17th Annual Green Mountain Iron Dog competition. For Porter and Hatchi, a German Shepard, the approximately 1.5-mile course with obstacles for dog and trainer was nothing new. “The course is designed to mimic real life situations and training as an extension of what we do,” Porter said. The event, hosted...

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