The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced the names of its newest, fluffiest recruits — and one of the winning names is from Saskatchewan.The RCMP on Tuesday announced the winners of its 2019 Name the Puppy contest, with names for the future police dogs selected from 34,714 entries submitted by children across the country.
Makwa and Maya are two of 13 dogs born at the RCMP’s Police Dog Services Training Centre in 2019. On April 30, the RCMP announced the winners of its 2019 Name the Puppy contest, which asked children from across Canada to submit names for the 13 pups.
“This year’s response was remarkable,” said Insp. Bill Long, the officer in charge of the Police Dog Services Training Centre, in a news release.Abaan Shaikh, a student from Saskatoon, suggested the name Mace, which was selected for one of the 13 puppies born at training centre in 2019.Winners received an official RCMP baseball hat, a plush dog called Justice and a laminated photo of the puppy they named. Each of the names had to begin with the letter “M” in order to be considered.This year’s contest generated a record number of entires, topping the previous mark by more than 13,000:• Mace: Abaan Shaikh — Saskatoon• Madox: Teagan Stuart — Whitehorse, Yukon• Magnum: Blake Pierce — Stratford, Prince Edward Island• Makwa: Lyila Bruyere — Fort Alexander, Manitoba• Maple: Owen Pottie — Iqaluit, Nunavut• Marci: Daelyn van Runt — Calgary• Marlow: Caleb Kilba — Kamloops, British Columbia• Max: Skye Green — Paulatuk, Northwest Territories• Maya: Ben Beaton — Antigonish, Nova Scotia• Memphis: Kaiden Yu — Ottawa• Mika: Alyssa Dawe — Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador• Milly: Emily Richard — Shediac River, New Brunswick• Moose: Kyle Brazeau — Dorval, Quebec