Kids ages four to 14 are invited to enter a contest to name 13 German Shepherd puppies — any of which could end up helping Kamloops Mounties keep the city safe.
The RCMP’s 2021 Name the Puppy Contest is open until March 18.
“It takes a really special dog to get through our program,” said Cpl. Steve Prior, a Kamloops RCMP dog handler who has been paired with police dog Fargo for more than five years now and knows the difference police dogs make in the community and on the force.
From helping to find missing people, to tracking evidence and criminals — sometimes in extremely dangerous environments — cop canines work hard to help keep people safe.
“They do a lot for us without asking for much of anything,” Prior said.
Prior’s first working dog was named Palmer, which starts with the same letter as this year’s contest names — “P.”
Children are encouraged to be original and imaginative in finding names, but also reminded to pick names suitable for working police dogs.
Along with Fargo and Palmer, Prior has also worked with police dogs Rico and Faro.
Winning names will be chosen by the Police Dog Service Training Centre staff in Innisfail, Alta.
A draw will determine the winning entry in the event of multiple submissions of the same puppy name.
In 2019, a student from Rayleigh in Kamloops was one of 13 winners after his suggested name of Marlow was chosen. The 13 children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8-by-10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.
Names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.
• Names must begin with the letter "P"
• Names must have no more than nine letters
• Names must be one or two syllables
• Contestants must live in Canada
• Contestants must be four to 14 years old
• Only one entry per child will be eligible
• Entries must be received by March 18, 2021
To enter the contest, visit: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/depot/name-the-puppy-contest.