Some barkground on me:
Iâm a Lab.
Born on 1/31/18.
My first collar was blue and now I get to be a Blueshirt!
My pre-game treat is peanut butter!
Iâm learning to handle pucks!
I love to take the subway to MSG!#NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/wn3ViGtqQY
â Ranger (@NYRangersPup) August 7, 2018
The New York Rangers put forth a special announcementÂ on Monday afternoon as Adam GravesÂ introduced the newest Blueshirt to the team, Ranger, a yellow labradorÂ who will be training with the organization to becomeÂ a service dog to assist a child with autism.
RangersTown, meet our new best friend, Ranger!
In partnership with BluePath, @NYRangersPup will be training to become a professional service dog for a child with autism.
Learn more about the path that Ranger is on âŹď¸ pic.twitter.com/p5nCJj3e4P
â New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 7, 2018
Ranger was drafted, like most of his teammates, after a search wasÂ conducted by BluePath for dogs that meet only theirÂ highest standards.
Through training to learn the unique skills it takes to be a service dog and to be the perfect teammate for a family in need, Ranger will spend the next year with the New YorkÂ Rangers training for his new assignment.
On his bio page atÂ the Rangers official website,Â the team announced some interestingÂ facts about a new favorite four-leggedÂ friend.
BluePath Service Dogs, Inc is a non-profit, charitable organization. BluePath provides autism service dogs, offering safety,Â companionship and opportunities for independence to the child.
An autism service dog works alongside parents to keep a child safe. The dog is connected to the child via a specially designed tether system, and the dog is trained to âanchorâ in response to a child running into a street or dangerous situation.
This immediate, emotionless reaction keeps the child safe â and often helps to reduce or eliminate this behavior.
In this day and age of social media, Ranger, like any sports star has his own Twitter account. He can be followed at @RangersPup so that he and all of his fans can be part of his growth from a cute puppy to a full-grown service dog.