Always committed to giving back to its community, the Montreal Canadiens are teaming up with Mira to become foster family to a Labernese Saint-Pierre puppy for one year. The organization will be responsible to raise the puppy under Mira's standards to become a future guide dog or service dog to people living with visual impairments and physical disabilities and to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
For the next twelve months, the puppy will undergo basic obedience training, as well as social and environmental stimulations to help it develop into a secure, self-confident, working dog for his future role of service dog. As a foster family, the Canadiens will welcome the puppy to the organization's offices and to the Bell Centre during games, which will contribute to the development of its necessary social skills. When training in the office is over, the puppy will continue his daily learning at the home of a dedicated Canadiens front office employee.
The puppy will be introduced to fans during the January 5 home game when the Montreal Canadiens host the Nashville Predators. For the next year, fans will have the opportunity to meet the Habs puppy at home games at the Bell Centre, at the Bell Sports Complex, and at various community activities.
Since its creation, Mira has allowed for more than 3,000 people to lead a better life by giving them a perfectly-trained dog to palliate their disabilities.
Learn more about Mira at https://www.mira.ca/en/
As we make the final arrangements for the puppy's arrival, we turn to you for help in coming up with what we will call him! Now through Nov. 30, simply submit your suggested name for him below. In December, we'll randomly select one fan who submitted a name to win a pair of tickets to come to a Canadiens game and meet the puppy in January!
Follow our puppy's whereabouts, growth, and training milestones on Instagram at @CHiotCanadiensMTL!