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We are so proud of Wrangler!
Wrangler will work with Trooper First Class Kevin Reed in the Mass Transit Unit, patrolling trains and train stations from New Haven, Connecticut, to New York City.
Saxon Eastman, Wrangler's puppy raiser, was at his graduation on Dec. 8 and beamed with pride.
"I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences as a puppy raiser, but this graduation was by far one of the best,'' she wrote on Instagram. "These are the moments I live for."
Wrangler is part of a graduating class of eight Labrador retrievers that were all donated by Guiding Eyes for the Blind after determining they were better suited for K-9 duty than guide work.
"At Guiding Eyes, we always look to place dogs in the career that's right for them," Thomas Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes, told TODAY. "If they don't end up as guide dogs, they may go to other important organizations where they will excel based on their distinct personalities."
"In Wrangler's case, he always loved to sniff and follow his nose," Panek said. "So detection work is a great fit for his personality!"
The Connecticut State Police are happy to have Wrangler join the team to keep mass transit areas safe.
"Wrangler is serving an important role within the Police community as a detection dog,'' the K-9 unit told TODAY in a statement. "His extensive training from Guiding Eyes was invaluable to preparing him for his role as a member of the CT State Police team, and we couldn’t more excited to have him as part of our organization."
While Wrangler did not end up as a guide dog as originally intended, he will be making an important impact in his new job.
"As a guide dog, Wrangler helped one person live a more independent life,'' Eastman told TODAY in July. "As a detection dog, he will be helping large groups of people, making sure that everyone is safe from criminal activity. There is no better feeling than knowing that the work Wrangler has the opportunity to do will help keep thousands of people safe every day."
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