Meet Puppy #20,000 – Legacy!

Legacy sitting in front of a brick wall, wearing his blue Future Leader Dog vest. His tongue is hanging out as if smiling.
Legacy in June

Say hello to Future Leader Dog Legacy – the puppy wearing tag #20,000! This adorable Labrador/golden cross is pictured in the photo album below with his puppy raisers, Erin, Kate and Eric, who are all guide dog mobility instructors at Leader Dog and are team-raising Legacy. Legacy is now at home working on his learning journey.

Update: Legacy is growing fast—we think he is going to be a big boy! Over the last few weeks, Legacy has had many adventures as the world has started to open up little by little. He has made several trips to Kroger where he proved to be a gentleman (even as the ladies at the checkout fawned over him). He went up north to a cabin where he got to run and play in the fields (on leash of course!). He also got to see the water again and was much more excited to play around in it than his first water experience.

Legacy got to go to his first puppy class where he joined five other puppies in practicing his settling skills, his impulse control, and proper positioning at the left side of the handler.

Legacy finally fits in his vest, and he has showed it off on several occasional during the last couple weeks. His personality is definitely start to show itself—he loves physical and verbal praise and when he receives it his whole body wags back and forth and his ears go all the way back!

How Legacy Got His Name

This spring, 343 people voted on five possible names for this milestone puppy. But the scales were tipped to the name Legacy by a large number of votes from AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are huge supporters of Leader Dog, so when we were working from home and saw the opportunity to vote on the name of puppy #20,000, we knew we had to jump on it,” says Megan Williams, Senior Vice President of HR for AAA. “The word ‘legacy’ is important to us because, like Leader Dog, our legacy is one of service. AAA has been a trusted advocate for the American public for over 100 years. Especially during the current national epidemic, we are glad that we bring peace of mind to our members.”

Follow Legacy's Journey

Stay tuned to all our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) for updates on Future Leader Dog Legacy over the coming year! Future Leader Dog Legacy also has his own Instagram account. This page will also be updated with photos and info as Legacy grows.

Thank you to everyone who donated to vote on a name. You can still give in honor of Legacy and more puppies like him on their journeys to become trusted guide dogs. The partnership of someone who is blind with a Leader Dog is only possible because of incredible supporters like you.

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