By Cara Bahniuk
The dog party continues. This time, the Minnesota Wild have jumped on the puppy bandwagon. Their newest squirt, Breezer, is a 12-week-old Labrador Retriever and he is ready for the upcoming season.
Breezer will become a future service dog after spending the next year with the Minnesota Wild, being fostered and trained by President Matt Majka and his wife Kym.
The Wild announced the signing with a “Barking News” graphic.
Barking News: #mnwild has acquired @mnwildpup from @chdogrescue!
📰 Welcome to the team Breezer! Breezer will join @Soldiers6MN next year → https://t.co/UwYwTIwbuc pic.twitter.com/ZXHLhjpJoS
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) August 19, 2019
Breezer’s twitter account has already given us several adorable pictures of the pup.
Gooooob afternoon! The @mnwild humans signed me to a contract. pic.twitter.com/T0mU6Y8I0X
— mnwildpup (@mnwildpup) August 19, 2019
Breezer is from Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue, which rescues and fosters dogs and prepares them for an adoption placement. When Breezer’s primary training with the Wild is complete, he will start a career with Soldier’s 6, a non-profit that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with trained dogs.
“We are extremely ecstatic to have Breezer join the Wild organization,” Majka said to NHL.com. “The work Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue and Soldier’s 6 do is truly amazing, and we couldn’t imagine a better way to give back to the community than to have a part in helping Breezer find a home with a deserving individual.”
Breezer’s goal is to be placed with a veteran with PTSD to serve as a “Battle Buddy” and help guide them through difficult days.
Next season, Breezer will attend most Wild home games and practices. His journey will be documented on Instagram and Twitter.
Breezer joins Finn of the San Jose Sharks and Bolt of the Tampa Bay Lightning as the official 2019-2020 puppies.
Headline photo: @mnwildpup
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