Some of the RCMP’s cuddliest recruits need some help from young Canadians.
A group of 10 German shepherd puppies recently born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail are in need of names, and a national contest is aiming to find some fitting monikers.
Participants, who must be 16 or younger, are asked to be original and imaginative in dreaming up names for the pups who will go on to serve in the national police force.
Their handlers are also reminding youngsters that names suitable for lap dogs may not be appropriate for canines who will routinely track down criminals.
Some other rules apply that will limit the possible handles for the critters.
The names, which can be for either male or female pups, must start with the letter “H,” may have no more than nine letters and be no more than one or two syllables.
Contestants can only offer one entry each and those not selected among the 10 winners will be considered for other puppies born later in the year.
The winners will each receive a laminated 8×10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP cap.
Entries must be submitted by March 3 and the winners will be announced Apr. 8.
You can enter online here or send a letter to Police Dog Service Training Centre, Box 6120, Innisfail, AB, T4G 1S8.
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