He's here and he's pawfect!
The New York Islanders are proud to welcome their new furry friend to the squad.
The Islanders newest Puppy with a Purpose is a darling eight-week-old male black Labrador Retriever. The new adorable pup will go through an extensive 14-18-month training and will someday, become a guide dog for someone who is blind or is visually impaired.
"The relationship between the Islanders and the Guide Dog Foundation is one of the best in the entire country," John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Guide Dog Foundation said. "This really was the model for the Puppy with a Purpose Program for all of the other sports teams that we work with across the country. What better than to be here in our hometown on Long Island to continue this partnership for the third time. The partnership is great. The coaches, the team, the fans all have embraced the program and we couldn't be any happier."
To breed, raise, train and eventually find a match for the assistance dog, the total cost comes to over $50,000. All of the Guide Dog Foundation's services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, and service and fraternal clubs.
On Monday morning, the Islanders players got to get to know the newest puppy at the fifth annual 2022 Pucks and Paws Calendar photo shoot. This year's calendar, supported by Canidae, will benefit Guide Dog and will be available on Black Friday. The new puppy will be featured in the calendar along with other future service dogs from Guide Dog Foundation.
Similar to 2019 with Tori, fans will have an opportunity to help pick out a name for the new Isles puppy. Fans can vote on his new name here. Voting will run until between Oct. 11 at noon and will be announced on Oct. 15.
Make sure to say hello to the new puppy as he will complete and attend on-site training at Islanders facilities, games and community events.
Follow the new puppy with a Purpose page, for updates on the new puppy's training, and @nyislespup on Instagram.
See below for photos of the new puppy from Monday's photoshoot.
Learn more about Guide Dog here.