Do you love puppies?
That might be a rhetorical question, especially when it comes to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pups—they are adorable.
Now, the RCMP needs help naming these future crime-fighting canines.
The Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alta., is asking young Canadians to suggest names for 13 German shepherd puppies that will be born at the Centre in 2021.
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.
However, when thinking of names, the RCMP asks that you keep in mind that these are working police dogs, not pets.
Winning names will be chosen by the PDSTC staff. If there are multiple submissions of a particular name, a draw will determine the winning entry.
Although there can be only 13 winners, names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.
The 13 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 water bottle.
- Names must begin with the letter "P"
- Names must have no more than 9 letters
- Names must be 1 or 2 syllables
- Contestants must live in Canada
- Contestants must be 4 to 14 years old
- Only 1 entry per child will be eligible
- Entries must be received by March 18, 2021
Enter the contest online with the RCMP. All contest entries must be submitted online.
Contest winners and the winning names will be announced on April 28, 2021, on the RCMP website and social media.
The RCMP adds that it is no longer accepting entries sent through the mail. That said, they still love receiving drawings and paintings and encourage children to email their artwork to the Police Dog Service Training Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All contest entries must be submitted online. The RCMP cannot accept contest entries by email.