The Ottawa Senators are proud to have partnered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to help raise a puppy to become a CNIB guide dog. The name chosen from thousands of fan suggestions was Rookie.
Rookie the Sens black Labrador retriever puppy will undergo basic obedience training, have social interactions with staff, players and the public to get him ready for the next step in his training to be a CNIB guide dog.
Here's a little bit about him:
Born: September 2nd, 2018 Birthplace: Australia
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever Parents: Emma & Dougal
The CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.
Since our founding in 1918, the CNIB Foundation has been creating programs, providing services and advocating to change the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
Rookie's First Day
Check out the scene when we introduced the Rookie to the team!
Ottawa Senators get a puppy
It was love at first sight as our new Sens pooch met his teammates for the first time after practice today