Arizona Coyotes adopt a black Lab future service dog named Luna
By Monday morning, it had been days since the Coyotes started teasing a “new acquisition” that would be joining the team for the 2019-20 season.
The team announced on Monday that the acquisition was a 14-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy named Luna, a future service dog who will undergo training with the Coyotes.
The team will be the dog’s “puppy raiser” and train her in obedience, socialization to different people and environments, service dog etiquette and more. Once Luna’s training is done, she’ll be paired with a veteran. The training is part of a partnership with National Assistance Dogs, Inc (NADI).
“We’re very excited to partner with NADI to adopt Luna and have her as part of our Pack for the 2019-20 season,” Coyotes president & CEO Ahron Cohen said in a press release. “NADI is a tremendous organization that helps veterans in our community. We are all dog lovers at the Coyotes and we hope that Luna can help raise awareness about NADI and also bring us some luck this season.”
Luna will train at the Coyotes offices and be at most home games in the 2019-20 season. She’ll also make appearances at team practices and events.
The black Lab projects as a depth addition early-on but has a high ceiling. She is expected to immediately contribute to morale and team character.