Training Pupdates

Weekly pupdate with Izzy and Lauren

Izzy at the post office.Izzy and Lauren Check-In 3-8-18

Boy what a week! Izzy’s journey started on the TODAY show where he got his first taste of being in the spotlight. Then, we caught a nice long nap on our flight home to Georgia before meeting two of his biggest cheerleaders, his big doggie sisters. Bright and early the next morning, we made our way to meet the 11Alive team. Everyone is so excited to help our “Puppy with a Purpose” grow up into a wonderful guide dog for someone who is blind or has low vision.

In our first 24 hours together, Izzy had the pleasure of brightening the morning of two fellow stars, singer Kelly Clarkson and UGA alum and current New England Patriot Malcolm Mitchell! Don’t worry, though, he loves everyone he meets just the same! Over the next few days, went to a few more low key places, like the post office and the grocery store, to continue building Izzy’s confidence in new places. Izzy is a champ at learning the ropes at home, too! 

I can’t wait to see where this journey is going to take our chunky puppy!

Checking in with Izzy 3-9-18

Introducing Izzy 2-28-18

Checking in with the Class of 2019

Charlie and Stacy return to TODAY 2-28-18

Revealing the name of the TODAY puppy 2-27-18

Class of 2019 visit Megyn Kelly 2-26-18

Meet the Class of 2019 2-26-18

Meet Izzy

Hi I’m IZZY, the new puppy at 11Alive NBC Atlanta.  For the next year and a half, I’m going to live in Georgia with my puppy raiser Lauren.  I can’t wait to spend my time down south!  We’re going to have so Izzy the yellow lab pup sits with a guide dog harness.many wonderful escapades together as we explore Atlanta.  I hope we can visit the Botanical Garden and Georgia Aquarium, and maybe see the Braves and Falcons play.  Lauren will teach me something new every day on my journey to become a guide dog.  Look for us on 11Alive and follow us on our very own Instagram page

January 2, 2018
Mom: Muffin (Yellow Labrador Retriever)
Dad: Pancho (Black Labrador Retriever)
Siblings: Seven brothers and sisters (3 yellow male, 1 black male, 2 black female)
This little male yellow Labrador Retriever loves chewing on bones and is fascinated by sounds.

Meet Lauren Cobb

Lauren Cobb grew up in the Atlanta, GA area and has always had a love for animals. Growing up with pets of her own, as well as interning at a local veterinary clinic during high school cemented her desire to pursue a career with animals.

Lauren with her Atlanta station yellow Lab pup.Lauren attended at the University of Georgia where she majored in animal science. In college, she joined the UGA puppy raising community for the Guide Dog Foundation, and as a full-time student, she raised two future guide dogs for the Foundation.

After graduation, Lauren continued to volunteer with the Foundation in a leadership role while working as a veterinary assistant. Her experience with the puppy raising program inspired her dream of working full-time with assistance dogs. A year ago, that dream became a reality: She was offered a position as a canine care representative for the Athens, Georgia, puppy raising group. 

Lauren is excited to share with America the process of raising a future guide dog that will one day become someone’s path to independence.

Get your Puppy with a Purpose

Photo of a black and yellow plush Lab toy with an GDF vest.