Meet our 2016 Dog of the Year: Wrangler!

Wrangler, a 19-month-old yellow Lab guide dog-in-training, will be honored today with Canine Company’s Dog the Year Award for his work as a national ambassador for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

For 14 months, puppy-in-training Wrangler appeared as a regular on the NBC Today Show to raise awareness of the mission of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the story of its guide dogs.  

He garnered more than 212,000 Instagram followers and traveled thousands of miles to raise awareness about the benefits of service dogs.  The show's cast, crew and viewers fell in love with the puppy as he educated them about how guide dogs transform lives. 

Canine Company President and CEO Jennifer Hill will present the award to Wrangler during the dinner following the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic this evening.

“Wrangler captured the hearts of millions of people as he grew up before our eyes on television.  His happy, confident personality helped us all understand more about the important work these amazing dogs do, and we are proud to celebrate him with the 2016 Dog of the Year Award.”

Wrangler is undergoing his formal training and Guiding Eyes hope to match him with a person who is blind or visually impaired in the fall.  They will spend three weeks training together at organization’s Yorktown facility before Wrangler heads to his new home and life as a guide dog.