Mounties want kids to name their puppy recruits

A batch of puppies need names suitable for service dogs

The RCMP want kids to name the newest batch of service dog puppies.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) needs your help in naming a handful of their newest and cutest) recruits!

The Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta is asking young Canadians to suggest names for 10 German Shepherd puppies recently born at the centre. 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 10 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.

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 “H”.

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 16 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, or 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

Box 6120

Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8

We also love to receive drawings and paintings with the name! If submitting by mail or email, children are invited to get creative with their entries.

Although there can be only 10 winners, names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.

The deadline for entries is March 3, 2015. Contest winners and prizes will be announced on April 8, 2015.

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.

Keep an eye on hashtags #NamethePuppy on Twitter for updates.

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