Service Dog Named High School Baseball Team Mascot

A high school baseball team in Carlsbad, California has named a service dog their unofficial team mascot. The dog, a Labrador Retriever named Brady, is a service dog for the team's student manager, Caleb Stranchan.

Caleb is a junior at Sage Creek High School and was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He had trouble making friends and feeling comfortable at school until he began working with a service dog named Duke.

Duke, also a Lab, was a continuous supporting force on the baseball team until his recent passing. To honor Duke and welcome Caleb's new service dog, Brady, to the team, the students held a ceremony earlier this week.

They also commemorated their friend and teammate, Duke, with a plaque that called him, "The Dugout Guard Dog."

While the change has been hard for Caleb Stranchan, Brady has quickly become a pressure reliever for the baseball team.

"Brady is Duke's successor. He’s already helping,” Stranchan said. “I wanted Duke to live forever, but I’m feeling a little better," he told Fox 5.

See the story of Brady, Caleb, and the Sage Creek baseball team in the video below:


Labrador Retrievers are friendly, active, and outgoing and they make great service dogs. If you think Lab is the breed for you, check out Lab puppies on the AKC Marketplace.

 

Related:

Service Dogs Shine at Invictus Games

4th Grader with Cerebral Palsy Leans on His Great Dane Service Dog

Following Owner's Surgery, Belgian Malinois Steps Into Role of Service Dog

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.

Sign up