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Tribute to Falk

In July shortly after retiring, one of our heroes, PSD Falk Reg # 980, passed away with his handler at his side.  Falk hadn’t been feeling very well for several weeks prior to his passing and was rapidly losing weight and couldn’t keep his food down.   His handler and veterinarian tried different treatments for the most common causes,  to no avail.  Unfortunately he worsened suddenly and ended up in an emergency hospital, where he stayed overnight for hydration, testing and further consultation with specialists.  He was diagnosed with protein losing enteropathy which can happen for a variety of reasons.  In
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Thank you, Comox & Campbell River RCMP!!!

What’s a little competition amongst friends RIGHT!? and when we say little…. We mean HOWLING HUGE!!! The Comox Valley RCMP and Campbell River RCMP had a fundraising challenge to honour the year anniversary of PSD Gator’s passing who was killed in the line of duty. Youth, local businesses, first responders & community members of all ages  came together over the months of June, July and August and raised….. DRUM ROLL PLEASE….. $7665.00 for our “Cause for Heroes with Paws” https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/competition-between-campbell-river-and-courtenay-comox-rcmp-raises-money-for-retired-heroes/ Thank you to Comox Valley RCMP and Campbell River RCMP Detachments (We Love You Both Equally…. No Competition There) and to everyone in both communities who participated in this
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Happy International Dog Day

Did you know that August 26 is known as the International Dog Day! It is widely known that dogs are a hooman’s BEST friend, so WHY not celebrate them! People have a long history of cohabitation with dogs.  Today, dogs’ contribution to our society goes beyond providing comfort and companionship.  Dogs put their lives on the line to assist law enforcement agencies track down dangerous criminals, and innocent victims, evidence, human remains, bombs, drugs and provide safety to the victims of crimes. We at Ned’s Wish would like to recognise their contribution and their devotion to the work they do
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Tears for Clive

The summer of 2022 has not been very good for Ned’s Wish heroes.  It is with deep sadness we announce that we had to say goodbye to another member of our K-9 family.  Retired PSD Clive, regimental # 904, had crossed over the rainbow bridge on August 4.    Clive started and finished his life journey with his favorite human, Cst. Matt Young.  In between, Clive had a smashing career with the RCMP in Central and Northern BC, spending it with his trusted human sidekick Cpl. Gord Rutherford.  Clive was an excellent tracker, and was involved in the search and rescue
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Dag’s Update

Dag was rushed to a local emergency clinic late last week as he wasn’t breathing normally. The vet on duty recognized the need to provide life saving interventions as he had massive amounts of fluid filling his chest impairing his ability to get oxygen around his body. Two chest tubes were placed and he required oxygen support for several days. During that time many tests were run including CT, blood work, fluid analysis, ultrasound and bacterial culture. It was determined he had a severe infection in his chest. He seemed to be responding to his treatments initially but unfortunately he
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Hero’s Final Tribute

It’s with profound sadness that we must announce the passing of our hero, retired PSD Boomer #896 . Boomer was an integral part of his community and was deeply loved by his family and those who knew him. Boomer was a pillar in his community and was credited with saving many lives. Boomer was born in November 2009 in Innisfail at the RCMP Police dog Service Training Center. From the Boomer’s family: ‘With very heavy hearts we must say goodbye to a member of our family. Boomer passed suddenly on 22-08-08. Born in November 2009, he entered training in September
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Ned’s Wish on RDNews!!

We are honoured to be featured on RDNews! Thank you Josh Hall for bringing awareness to our organization and the wonderful article! Please go check out the full article here: https://rdnewsnow.com/2022/07/16/retired-police-and-military-dogs-receiving-help-from-neds-wish/ and make sure to give Josh a follow on Twitter!! @Vancan19
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Shout out! – The Comox Valley RCMP and the Campbell River RCMP have entered into a friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds for Ned’s Wish before August 15th, 2022

The Campbell River RCMP detachment is taking their challenge to a new level!  Gator’s youngest family member and her pals have already started the fun with their Lemonade and Craft Sale!!! We also have it on good authority there is a mountain of cans and bottles to push this fundraiser over the edge!!!  Stay tuned as the two rivalry Detachments have a friendly fundraising frenzy to see who can raise the most funds for all our Retired Heroes!!! The Comox Valley RCMP and the Campbell River RCMP have entered into a friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds for Ned’s Wish
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Ned’s Wish on the Star

The Star featured one our heroes on their page! Check out the article below! Thank you, Wendy Gillis and The Star for this piece!! His storied snout may now be encircled by grey fur, but Major the Toronto police dog was once the Wayne Gretzky of sniffing.A 72-pound German shepherd–Belgian Malinois mix with a piercing caramel gaze, Major could find someone who went missing yesterday or who died 25 years ago. He could locate evidence deep underground. As a highly trained cadaver dog, he could differentiate between animal and human remains, after learning the distinct scents of organic compounds.His nose
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Thank You, Support Retired Legends!

Ned’s Wish is beyond grateful to be in partnership with Support Retired Legends and K9 Coffee. Andrea, Jason, Aaron & Maya (the hoomans behind the brand) are an incredible group of people who are dedicated to honouring retired police and armed forces dogs across Canada.Support Retired Legends and K9 Coffee (SRL) most recently honoured Ned’s Wish and our “Cause for Heroes with Paws” with an incredibly generous donation of 10K!If you have not checked out supportretiredlegends.com, we encourage you to do so! Pick up some of the coolest apparel out there or order some delish coffee from K9 Coffee (or do both… we won’t
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“Dirk”, Regimental #10

The relationship between a police service dog and its master is complex and deeply bound. There needs to be trust, communication, non verbal signals, en- durance, strength, and an emotional bond between them. When you combine the dangers of the job with their relationship it takes on a bond and loyalty that goes beyond words. It is not just a job. They work, play, and live together 24/7. They take down suspected criminals, find drugs and explosives, and perform search and rescue for those lost in harsh environments. Then they come home together for rest and recuperation. With a solid
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Meet Our Retired Hero PSD Clive

We are BARKING with joy that we get to share with you the journey of our retired hero PSDClive! Clive was born in Innisfail, Alberta, and entered into the Puppy Imprinting program with Cst. Matt Young (Cool side note… Clive started his career with Matt and ended up retiring to have Matt and his wife Leah become his Pawfect Parents! Life comes full circle, just like a good tail chase!) Clive was posted to Williams Lake, BC where he followed his nose around Central and Northern BC with his sidekick Cpl.Gord Rutherford. Clive, being the tracking extraordinaire he is, was involved in the tracking and rescue of a
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Brando – Part 7: We all need a little help from our friends

Brando is a social dude, and one of his favourite things is to develop relationships with all the people he meets along the way.  Brando’s family told us he wanted to thank three of those special people who made his stay in Calgary that much more fun. First up, Brando wants to give a huge shout out to our very own VP, Tatiana Alexanian. She showed up nearly every day Brando was in treatment to take him on walks… most times more than once!  She gave Brando a chance to get out of the clinic environment for a brain break to
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Brando – Part 6: Radiation Graduation

On January 7, our retired hero Brando completed his radiation treatment and was cleared to come home for good. His mom was working and unable to come pick him up, but a few friends, including the wonderful Ned’s Wish VP Tatiana Alexanian, and Dr Sweet’s team were able to put together a special graduation ceremony for Brando before he came home. Brando was pretty proud of himself, and he KNOWS he can rock a hat and tie, so was very happy for all the attention and excitement. Dr Sweet and her team at VCA Canada Animal Hospitals were such great supports during
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Brando – Part 5: Treatment side effects

Did you know? Aspiration pneumonia is an extremely common side effect of dogs who have had brain surgery. Thankfully for our retired hero Brando, his treatment teams did know that, and gave our sweet boy every advantage possible to get him through not one, not two, but THREE bouts of aspiration pneumonia post surgery. His first bout happened during his post surgery stay at @pulseveterinary. Because of the treatment plan already in place, it was very mild and resolved quickly. His second bout occurred at @vcacanada.westernvet. Anyone who knows our Brando, knows he’s…. A bit of a show off, and