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RCMP require the assistance of youth 14 and under

If you are 14 years old or younger, the RCMP require your assistance. There are 13 German Shepard puppies at the Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta, who are waiting for a name. What better way to do that than through a contest?

The PDSTC is where the RCMP have their national dog training program. It is part of the RCMP Depot Division, and they are known for the German Shepards they breed and for their skill in training those dogs for searching and tracking.

There are some rules for the contest, though – like all the names must start with the letter ‘M,’ and have no more than nine letters. Also, the puppy names must be one or two syllables, but no more. You’re only allowed one entry per child, and all entries need to be in before the deadline, which is March 26, 2019. 

The winning names, along with the children who suggested them, will be announced on April 30, 2019, on the RCMP website and social media. The children who choose the winning names will be given a laminated 8×10 photo of the puppy they name, a plush dog named Justice, and an RCMP baseball cap.

There are two ways to enter, either online or by mail. 

Mail your entry to:

Attn: Name the Puppy Contest Police Dog Service Training Centre, Box 6120 Innisfail AB T4G1S8

The RCMP state, “We love to receive drawings and paintings. If submitting by mail, children are invited to get creative with their entries.” 

Winning names will be drawn by staff at PDSTC, and should there be multiple submissions with the same puppy name, a draw will be used to determine the winning entry.

If your name isn’t chosen – don’t be discouraged! The RCMP may use other names not selected for other puppies born throughout the year.

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Deborah van der Linde

Deborah is a librarian who is passionate about books, storytelling, and writing. Thanks to her husband Adam’s military career, they have had the great fortune of living all across Canada. Deborah and Adam have two delightful children and a dog that thinks he’s one of the kids.

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