INNISFAIL, Alberta – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) needs help in naming puppies that will become Canada’s future RCMP Police Dogs.
The Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta, is asking young Canadians to suggest names for 13 German Shepherd puppies that will be born at the Centre in 2016. Children are encouraged to be original and imaginative in finding names that will serve these puppies well in their careers with Canada’s national police force. When thinking of names, it is important to keep in mind that these are working police dogs, not pets.
The 13 children whose names are selected will each receive a laminated 8×10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP cap.
Inspector Akrum Ghadban, the Officer In Charge of the Police Dog Service Training Centre, is excited by the contest, saying:
The Name the Puppy Contest is an exciting time for everyone at PDSTC. I am certainly looking forward to seeing all the creative contest entries from across Canada.
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Contest rules are simple:
- Contestants can suggest only one name (one entry per person).
- The name may be for a male or a female pup.
- The name must start with the letter “J”.
- The name must have no more than nine (9) letters.
- The name must be one or two syllables.
- Contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger.
Two ways to enter:
- Enter online: www.rcmp-grc.ca/depot/pdstc-cdcp/name-the-puppy-nomme-le-chiot-eng.htm
- Send a letter to the following address. Be sure to print the child’s name, age, address, telephone number and the suggested name for a puppy.
Attn: “Name the Puppy Contest”
Police Dog Service Training Centre
Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8
We love to receive drawings and paintings! If submitting by mail, children are invited to get creative with their entries.
Although there can be only 13 winners, names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.
The deadline for entries is March 31, 2016. Contest winners and prizes will be announced on April 26, 2016.
Winning names will be chosen by the PDSTC staff. A draw will determine the winning entry in the event of multiple submissions of the same puppy name.
The PDSTC is home to the RCMP national police dog training program and is a part of RCMP “Depot” Division. Our centre has earned a great reputation for breeding top quality working German Shepherds and for training dogs with outstanding searching and tracking abilities.