Even when it’s for the best, it’s hard to say goodbye. That’s how the hosts of the “Today” show must have felt when they gave Wrangler, their guide-dog in training, a sendoff.
The Labrador Retriever spent the past year with the TV crew, beginning at age 8 weeks, getting comfortable with new people and places to better socialize him for his life ahead.
And what a year it was. Wrangler met celebrities on the daily talk show, ranging from Chrissy Teigen to Jon Hamm to Anne Hathaway to Salma Hayek to Cookie Monster. All in the name of socialization, which will help him succeed as a working canine in the Guiding Eyes For The Blind.
According to his farewell video, “Wrangler instantly became friends with everyone he met.”
In addition, he travelled 30,000 miles over the year, seeing snow, skateboards and statue gardens. His puppy-raiser Saxon Eastman said he was a nice dog who would be successful as a guide dog, based on all the experience he’s gotten on the show.
“Our puppy with a purpose grew up right in front of our eyes while learning skills needed to become a guide dog, and brightening up our mornings along the way,” the video voiceover continues.
His next step is to pass a test showing that he’s comfortable around noises and distractions. (Based on the video, we’re sure he’ll nail that test.) The following stage is five months of formal training to become a helpful, reliable assistant to someone in need.
We wish you the best, Wrangler!