MacKenzie Comeau was presented a photo of Gadget, the RCMP service dog he named during a national competition.
AMHERST – MacKenzie Comeau got to see a photo of the RCMP dog he named as part of a national competition.
Earlier this year, Comeau was named as one of 10 young Canadians to win the privilege of naming one of the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre’s new puppies.
He chose the name Gadget. It was one of 9,000 entries from across the country.
“I’m not really sure how I came up with the name, it just seemed like a neat name,” Comeau said after being presented with a photo of Gadget and other items from the RCMP.
Both he and his younger brother, Jackson, submitted names online as part of the competition.
Cpl. Rick Mosher of the Northeast Nova Police Dog Service made the presentation to Comeau and introduced him to his service dog Stinger. The German shepherd has been his partner for several years and nearing his time to retire.
Mosher said service dogs do all sorts of things from helping in the search for missing people, to locating suspects to detecting drugs and explosives.
“It’s amazing sometimes that a suspect will confront a six-foot RCMP officer, but back down quickly when they see the dog,” Mosher said.
Besides Gadget, the other dogs are Gizmo, Gainer, Gainer, Galley, Griffin, Gabe, Gunner, Grady, Grinder and Gibbs.