Young guide dog in training named after Warriors' Klay Thompson

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Warriors star Klay Thompson met a young guide dog in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind who was named after him.

Klay, the dog, is an 8-week-old male yellow Labrador Retriever who met Thompson for the first time Wednesday following the Warriors open practice at Oracle Arena.

Puppy-raising volunteers and huge Warriors fans, Joelle Cook and her family from Livermore will care for Klay, the puppy, and raise him through the puppy training process until he is available for formal guide dog training.

Cook has been raising puppies for over 20 years through the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.

Thompson loves dogs and is the proud owner of an English bulldog named Rocco. "I love dogs and it is amazing to see how through the Guide Dogs for the Blind program they can really help change and save lives," he said. "Rocco is one of my best friends and I truly understand the relationship dogs and people can have and am honored Guide Dogs for the Blind chose to name their latest puppy after me."

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