Wrangler, a Yellow Labrador Retriever, was first seen on the Today Show in 2015 when he was just 8 weeks old.
The program dubbed Wrangler as their first “Puppy with a Purpose” which allowed guide dogs in training to be on the set to raise awareness of how much goes into the training of service dogs and to give them proper socialization to mature into focused and confident dogs.
The show documented his training as a guide dog with the help of the New York non-profit, Guide Eyes For The Blind. His name was chosen by thousands of viewers of the morning show.
Wrangler stayed on the show for nearly 300 episodes making friends with the anchors and crew, meeting lots of celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Keith Urban, and also receiving as much as 6,000 treats during his time there while being trained as a puppy. He traveled extensively across the country and even starred in the 2015 Super Bowl ad.
The loveable dog left the show in March 2016 and since then, large companies and professional sports teams had followed suit in raising guide and service dog puppies before they were off for more extensive training.