Thirteen puppies born at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) now have names, thanks to boys and girls from all across Canada.
The PDSTC received over 21,000 entries to this year's Name the Puppy contest–more than twice the number of entries received last year! Because of the unprecedented response, Inspector André Lemyre, the Officer in Charge of Police Dog Services, choose 13 winners representing every province and territory in Canada, not just 10 as originally planned.
"Everyone at the Centre was blown away by not only the number, but also the creativity of all the entries," said Insp. Lemyre.
"Congratulations to the 13 winners and my sincere thanks to every boy and girl who suggested a name."
All names had to start with the letter H. For multiple entries of the same name, winners were selected at random.
The 13 winners will each receive a certificate, an 8×10-inch laminated photo of the puppy they named, a plush German Shepherd toy dog named Justice and an RCMP cap.
The winning entries are:
- Haley: Ataya Wolki (Inuvik, N.W.T.)
- Hammer: Summer Snooks (Fort McMurray, Alta.)
- Hannah: Anya Lera (Whitehorse, Yukon)
- Haven: Haven Woodside (Kensington, P.E.I.)
- Hawk: Brady Anderson (Fredericton, N.B.)
- Herc: Jaidyn Danilkewich (Meadow Lake, Sask.)
- Hero: Ayden Delaney (Prince George, B.C.)
- Hector: Jackson Antoniw (Rossburn, Man.)
- Hitch: Cady Benoit-Drake (Conne River, N.L.)
- Hooper: Liam Hawley (Ingonish, N.S.)
- Hope: Rika Van Den Haas (Milton, Ont.)
- Hulk: Alexis Falardeau (La Prairie, Que.)
- Hunter: Giancarlo Torretti (Kugluktuk, Nunavut)
RCMP police service dog teams are an integral part of front line policing. They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives and search for and recover evidence used in crimes.
The Police Dog Service Training Centre–an integral part of RCMP "Depot" Division–is the national training centre in Canada for all RCMP police dog teams. Ninety-three percent of the German Shepherds working as RCMP service dogs were born at the Centre as part of the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program.