Meet Puppy #20,000 – Legacy!

Legacy sits on a sidewalk, looking up at the camera with his mouth open as if smiling.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 a little over 8 months old now. He is doing very well with his basic obedience commands. He is also learning the "chin" command where he places his chin in the handler's hand so that it's easier to look at his teeth and ears. He is becoming a braver boy as he gets more exposure to new places. He has been to a Halloween festival, Kroger, Great Lakes Crossing Mall, Cook's Farm Dairy and several puppy meetings. Legacy always gets comments on how handsome he is. His fur seems to becoming a deeper red color and he still has that signature white spot on his chest.

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.