Sesame Workshop, Elmo gets a puppy

“Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy” will air Aug. 5 on HBO Max.

Pet adoptions are so huge that even Elmo’s getting in on the action. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, will introduce Elmo’s new friend, Tango, in “Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy,” a 30-minute animated special Aug. 5 on HBO Max.

“For generations, our Sesame Street Muppets have been kids’ first friends, modeling valuable lessons about life, learning and friendship,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of creative and production for Sesame Workshop. “After nearly two years of development, we are thrilled to introduce Tango, Elmo’s spirited, adventurous and adorable furry friend.”

In the special, Elmo and Grover discover a sweet, stray puppy and embark on an adventure throughout the neighborhood with Sesame Street friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and Oscar the Grouch. Together, they search for the local pet adoption fair in the hopes of finding her a forever home.

“The introduction of Tango—who will be a mainstay in future Sesame Street content—allows for consistent modeling of safe behavior and age-appropriate help with a pet,” officials said in a statement. “In the forthcoming special and beyond, Elmo and his friends will show preschoolers how to meet a new animal, gently play with and brush a pet, teach new tricks, give baths and, most especially, show love and affection for their furry friends.”

Sesame Workshop is also rolling out brand-new and exclusive digital content featuring Elmo, Tango and other furry friends on the Sesame Street YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

In addition, Sesame Workshop partners have introduced a variety of new books, toys and related apparel, among other products, according to officials.

A sneak peek of “Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy” can be found here.

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