A new litter of RCMP police dogs has just been born, and they’re in serious need of names. Mostly because calling them “oh my gosh they’re so adorable” doesn’t have lasting effects when it comes to training.
Like the RCMP has done in past years, they’ve opened up a contest for kids to submit suggestions on what to call these 13 fur-balls, who will soon grow into fierce – though no less loveable – police dogs.
The 13 German Shepherd pups were born at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta and they are face-squishingly cute.
There are a few rules surrounding the contest, of course (we’re talking about police here, after all), including a maximum age of 14 years old.
All successful names will have to begin with the letter M, be no more than two syllables or nine letters, and be submitted by Canadian kids (only one entry per child will be eligible) by March 26.
The winning names will be announced on April 30, and the kids who sent in the winning names will receive a laminated portrait of the puppy, a plushie, and an official RCMP baseball hat.
Submissions can be made online or through the mail to:
Attn: “Name the Puppy Contest”
Police Dog Service Training Centre
Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8
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.
Even if a submission isn’t chosen this month, it could potentially be used to name another puppy down the line.
Sorry grown-ups, if you do think of a really good name… you’ll just have to buy your own pup this time around (or whisper it into your kid’s ear).