Makin­sons teen pro­vin­cial win­ner in Name the Puppy con­test


Randi Johnston, 15, of Makin­sons is one of 10 young win­ners in the RCMP Name the Puppy Con­test. Randi, the sole win­ner for this prov­ince, came up with the name Bounty for a work­ing dog at the RCMP Po­lice Dog Ser­vice Train­ing Cen­tre (PDSTC) De­pot Divi­sion in Al­berta.

About 8,550 stu­dents and 343 schools par­tic­i­pated in this year’s con­test. As in pre­vi­ous years par­tic­i­pants were creative and imag­i­na­tive in choos­ing names that start with the let­ter B.

Randi and her whole fam­ily had a great time com­ing up with names and every­one got in­volved in some way in­clud­ing mom Colleen Young­berg and Gary Mug­ford and Randi’s sis­ter Kelsey and baby brother Liam.

“Nam­ing the puppy was a fam­ily event,” said Young­berg, who took ad­van­tage of the con­test to spark the imag­i­na­tions of the whole fam­ily.

Ap­par­ently, at first Randi thought it was a joke - but she par­tic­i­pated any­way.

“We had a theme: The Moun­tie al­ways gets their man,” says Young­berg, and we were bounc­ing names and ideas off one an­other for days, com­ing up with a va­ri­ety of names and sto­ry­lines.”

The fam­ily knew the name had to be­gin with B, and be no more than nine let­ters and two syl­la­bles long.

“Randi came up with the name Bounty,” Young­berg says.“I sent off her en­try, along with an­other en­try for her sis­ter Kelsey, who picked the name Busted.”

Young­berg event got Randi’s baby brother Liam in­volved.

“Al­though he is too young to take part,” she ac­knowl­edged, “his en­try in­cluded the short para­graph about the Moun­tie al­ways get­ting their man.”

Liam’s en­try for the con­test was the name Boul­der.

All in all, it made for a few days of fun, the en­tries were sent off and for­got­ten.

“We were shocked when we were told Randi’s name Bounty was cho­sen from thou­sands of en­tries,” Young­berg says.“We look for­ward to the next con­test as younger sis­ter Kelsey is even more de­ter­mined to win now.”

The other winning names from chil­dren all over the coun­try in­clude: Brock, Bai­ley, Breeze, Bul­lett, Barry, Badge, Blaze, Bella, and Barack.

The three winning class­room sub­mis­sions were from: Dins­more Com­pos­ite School, Dins­more, Saskatchewan; École de la Rive-Sud, Blockhouse, Nova Sco­tia and Westwood School, Thomp­son, Man­i­toba.

All win­ners re­ceived an 8x10inch lam­i­nated pho­to­graph of RCMP pup­pies, a plush dog namedJus­tice­and a cer­tifi­cate.

“RCMP po­lice ser­vice dogs are an in­te­gral part of front line polic­ing,” said Cor­po­ral Whit­ney Benoit, non com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer in charge of the breed­ing pro­gram. “ They track and ap­pre­hend crim­i­nals, re­move il­licit drugs from the streets, search and re­cover ar­ti­cles as well. It’s grat­i­fy­ing to know Cana­di­ans re­al­ize and un­der­stand the im­por­tance of our po­lice ser­vice dogs and are play­ing an ac­tive role in nam­ing those who will be re­spon­si­ble for sav­ing lives and pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The PDSTC, De­pot Divi­sion in In­n­is­fail, Al­berta is the na­tional train­ing cen­tre in Canada for all RCMP po­lice dog teams. There are cur­rently 132 mul­ti­pur­pose op­er­a­tional dog teams and 23 spe­cialty dog teams in Canada trained to de­tect nar­cotics or ex­plo­sives.

The RCMP Po­lice Ser­vice Dog Breed­ing Pro­gram has pro­duced over 100 po­lice ser­vice dogs and over 65 Search and Res­cue dogs that are work­ing with po­lice agen­cies in Canada and the United States.

WIN­NER - Randi Johnston of Makin­sons was this prov­ince’s win­ner in the RCMP Name the Puppy Con­test.

NEW NAME - One of the Ger­man shep­herd dogs trained and used by the RCMP was given the name Bounty by 15-yearold Randi Johnston.

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