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.