13 RCMP puppies named by children through countrywide contest

Makwa (left) and Maya (right) were given names through the RCMP's 'Name the Puppy' contest. File / RCMP

New and unborn RCMP dogs already have names, thanks to the RCMP’s 2019 Name the Puppy contest.

Contest entrants had to be under the age of 14, and a Canadian citizen.

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The German shepherd puppies, born at the Police Dog Services Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alta., throughout the year, will all have names starting with “M”.

The centre trains dogs for all RCMP police dog teams in Canada.

The contest received a record-setting 34,714 entries from children in every province and territory, beating the previous record by over 13,000 entries. The names are listed at the bottom of this story.

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These three puppies are from the first litter to be born at the Police Dog Services Training Centre in 2019. File / RCMP
RCMP police service dog teams search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives, and search for evidence used in crimes. File / RCMP

“This year’s response was remarkable,” Insp. Bill Long, the officer in charge of the Police Dog Services Training Centre, said in a release.

“These names will serve our dogs with pride.”

Along with the honour of naming an RCMP puppy, each of the 13 winners will receive an official RCMP baseball cap, a plush dog named Justice, and a photo of the puppy they named.

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RCMP police service dog teams are vital in frontline policing. Their jobs involve searching for missing or lost people, tracking and apprehending criminals, the removal of illicit drugs from the streets, detecting explosives, and searching for evidence used in crimes.

Name the Puppy contest winners:

  • Mace – Abaan Shaikh, Saskatoon
  • Marci – Daelyn van Runt,  Calgary
  • Madox – Teagan Stuart, Whitehorse
  • Magnum – Blake Pierce, Stratford, P.E.I
  • Makwa – Lyila Bruyere, Fort Alexander, Man.
  • Maple – Owen Pottie, Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Marlow – Caleb Kilba, Kamloops, B.C.
  • Max – Skye Green Paulatuk, Northwest Territories
  • Maya – Ben Beaton, Antigonish, N.S.
  • Memphis – Kaiden Yu, Ottawa
  • Mika – Alyssa Dawe, Conception Bay South, N.L.
  • Milly – Emily Richard, Shediac River, N.B.
  • Moose – Kyle Brazeau of Dorval, Que.

All the German shepherds working today as RCMP service dogs were born at the PDSTC as part of the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program.

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