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He's here! Meet TODAY's new puppy with a purpose

TODAY's got a cute new set of furry little paws running around Studio 1A.

The TODAY family welcomed a paw-some new addition Monday morning — our second puppy with a purpose!

The friendly little pup comes to us from America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to support veterans and first responders during combat, both physically and emotionally.

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Meet TODAY's new Puppy with a Purpose: He's adorable, and he needs a name!

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Meet TODAY's new Puppy with a Purpose: He's adorable, and he needs a name!

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With the help of guide dog mobility instructor Olivia Poff, our 8-week-old black Labrador retriever will learn to heel, come, stay and so much more, depending on what the veteran he's paired with requires.

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TODAY's new puppy has a new purpose: To help our nation's heroes

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So we rolled out the red carpet Monday, and introduced to the world (and our anchors!) the newest member of TODAY.

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Our little guy made his big debut Monday morning.

And boy, was he excited to meet us, too! (That, or he was just really pumped about his new chew toy.)

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TODAY's new pup wasted no time making a splash.

Either way, the anchors were thrilled to meet him his new guide dog mobility instructor, Olivia Poff!

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Savannah and Tamron meet TODAY's second puppy with a purpose and his trainer, Olivia.

There is some flexibility in this training for our little guy, of course. Dogs are taught more specific skills — like opening and closing doors, turning on and off lights and bracing to provide stability — in a case-by-case basis, depending on the client's needs.

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