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Next week is Wrangler's last! TODAY's pup heading to guide dog training

It had to happen sooner or later, but it's time for the lovable pup to spread his wings and fly.
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We all knew this day would come, but doggone it, it's not easy. Wrangler, TODAY's Puppy with a Purpose, is preparing to leave Studio 1A for good.

In one week, the dog who charmed anchors, audiences, and guests alike will be moving on to the next stage of his formal guide dog training.

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He's been with us for just over a year, from the moment he scampered down the red carpet into our studio ... and into our hearts — then quickly went on to become a mainstay of our mornings. He's made lots of famous friends who've stopped by for interviews, while out the studio he's amassed over 250,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram.

Matt Lauer and Wrangler

Not bad for a canine who can't type.


Fortunately, Wrangler has been boning up on many other skills, which he'll now use to help someone see the world in a whole new light.

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But it's not too late! You can still meet the furry wonder. Come on down to the TODAY plaza all next week to shake his paw and tell him he's a good dog (because of course he is). And next Thursday, be sure to tune in for his celebratory send-off.

Wrangler as a puppy and as an adult
The Puppy with a Purpose known as Wrangler then, and today.TODAY

We just know he's going to be a howling success!

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