TODAY’s Puppy with a Purpose Gets a Name

The Today Show’s puppy, who is training to be a guide dog, finally has a name.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: January 19, 2015, 11 a.m. PST

TODAY has a new staff member: a 10-week-old yellow Labrador Retriever who is making his way into the hearts of everyone watching the news program.

This "puppy with a purpose” is being trained as a guide dog, thanks to a partnership with TODAY anchors and staff, dog handler Saxon Eastman and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The training will take 16 months, and if successful, the yellow Lab will be adopted out – for free – to a visually impaired or blind individual.


Since the puppy didn’t come with a name, TODAY asked viewers to vote for one. According to TODAY, "Guiding Eyes for the Blind follows a specific naming convention for all puppies in which each litter is given a sequential letter of the alphabet and the puppies from that litter receive names starting with that letter. The TODAY puppy is from the W314 litter, which means he's from the third Guiding Eyes for the Blind class to move through the alphabet to the letter 'W' in 2014.”  

The choices were Wrangler, Waldo, Wes and William. Watch the video below for the voting results.

I think he’s going to like his new name. If you’re interested in seeing more of Wrangler, follow him on Twitter at @WranglerTODAY.

To learn more about nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit their website.

All videos from NBCNews.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/20/2015 6:54:09 AM

My niece who is totally blind has a guide dog, and it is amazing how that dog has open up the world of independence for her.

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