Tribute for Ozzy/Danny

Tribute for Ozzy/Danny

Ned’s Wish was saddened to learn of the recent passing of PSD Danny, #939.

Danny was born Sept 7, 2011, from the RCMP breeding program.

He commenced his service in 2012 with his Human partner Cst. Dave Ross, who ensured Danny was set up for nothing but success in his police service dog career.  They began their partnership at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta and graduated together in April, 2013 before heading to Moncton to work.

In June 2014, Danny tragically lost his partner Cst. Ross in the Moncton shooting.  As Danny was still a very young and talented police dog in the early years of his career, Danny was re-teamed Sgt. Kris Chornomydz, and subsequently renamed Ozzy.

Danny – now Ozzy – served together with Sgt. Kris Chornomydz in Manitoba and then later in Nova Scotia until Ozzy’s retirement in 2017 when he was placed in his ‘forever home’ with the Byard family. Ozzy enjoyed his retirement by jumping right in as a full member of the family! He claimed his spot right in his parents’ bed, where he had no trouble sleeping every night! Sleeping was a bit more challenging for his family though, because Ozzy snored! He also loved to jump up onto anyone sitting down to give them a great big kiss!

He was an outstanding canine partner, serving in three separate Divisions for two dedicated handlers.  He had a highly successful career in detection and tracking and helped protect the communities he worked in.

Comments from the Ross family:

“Dave loved Danny and they were a great team.  He was very proud of him and grateful to have such an awesome dog to start his career with. One of his son Austin’s first two syllable words was Danny.”

From Sgt. Kris Chornomydz:

“Ozzy was like Sydney Crosby (NHL) no one got away from us. I can’t even give you a number of people he caught. He was a really special dog.

The longest track we had was in rural Manitoba. 14.6 km, stolen quad. Has caught multiple armed robbery suspects. Integrated with Manitoba and Nova Scotia ERT. He was a rockstar!

Ozzy was a special working dog and was not ordinary!

Ozzy retired in 2017 and was rehomed with the Byard family.”

From the Byard Family:

“Our family’s life changed the day Ozzy walked into our house.  Some rough starts,  but Ozzy right away became the dog everyone would want.

We had an older shepherd at the time.  We thought this was going to be an issue.  Within 3 days they were best friends and brought so much joy and fun to us.

Ozzy has always been my wife’s shining armour.  She would not do too much without Ozzy with us.

He sure was an excellent friend to our family and will be missed.”

See also: Moncton police dog Danny to continue service after death of officer
Global News – June 11, 2014

Police dog ‘Ozzy’ tracks down suspects after robbery in Portage la Prairie
CTV News – September 11, 2017

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Tribute for Ralph

Tribute for Ralph

It truly is with a heavy heart we must inform you that we have lost another magnificent hero, PSD Ralph crossed the rainbow bridge on February 5, 2024.  His valiant battle with cancer has finally ended. Ned’s Wish helped with his care, buying him a little more quality time with his human family, who miss his presence and his energy every day.

Most of you will fondly remember Ralph for all his star appearances at the annual golf tournament making his rounds on the golf course! Ralph was also beautifully featured as Mr February in our 2024 Ned’s Wish Calendar.

Ralph’s handler wanted to share this with everyone:

“Good morning Stacey. Could you pass on my sincerest gratitude to all of your Ned’s Wish crew please. All of the work that your organization did and continues to do for Ralph and all of the other retirees is greatly appreciated beyond words. Thank you.”

Rest in Peace and thank you for your service sweet Ralph.

August 31, 2012 – February 24, 2024

The Watch Dog’s Watch Ends

By Tamsen Butler

It’s time to rest, my pup.
Your watch has come to an end.
Make your journey on up
And wait for me, my friend.

Rest well, my hound.
No need to stay alert.
You needn’t make a sound
Don’t fret about my hurt.You were a vigilant friend
And a loyal, happy dog.
I’ll stay with you until the end
And leave in an emotional fog.

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Tribute for Dayna

Tribute for Dayna

It is with sadness, we have to announce the loss of another Ned’s Wish Hero, PSD Dayna. Born on August 11, 2011 in Innisfail, Alberta, Dayna worked for the RCMP in Kamloops, British Columbia and Moncton, New Brunswick, where she retired. Dayna loved life and was known for her drive and tenaciousness. She also loved her retirement as she was treated like a queen and got all the treats from her second – best friend, Eric, with whom she trained to help him become a dog handler for the RCMP.
Dayna, your legacy, your energy and spirit will live on with your humans and with Ned’s Wish. We mourn your loss and honour your life. Thank you for your service.

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Tribute for Scout

Tribute for Scout

t’s with deep regret that we announce the passing of Police Service Dog Scout from the Hamilton Police Service on February 23 rd , 2024. Scout was 12 years of age. Scout was born in Hungary on August 11 th , 2011 and immigrated to Belgium before immigrating yet again to Canada and the City of Hamilton. Scout was trained by the Waterloo Regional
Police canine unit prior to spending his 7-year career working the streets of Hamilton as a general duty police dog.

While Scout was good at whatever task he was asked to do, his specialty was tracking. He had a knack for finding lost souls in potentially life-ending situations. That included Scout finding a missing 93-year-old man in March 2018 who had been missing overnight. Scout found the elderly gentleman suffering from hypothermia and hidden in some bushes next to a set of railway tracks. Scout also found a suicidal woman deep in a patch of woods following an unsuccessful overnight search. The woman had overdosed and was near death, but Scout found her the next morning and his nose undoubtedly saved her life.

Scout also caught his share of bad guys. It didn’t matter where they hid, Scout found them. That included a suspected impaired driver who led police on a lengthy high-speed chase before crashing and bailing out of his vehicle. The suspect ran off into the timber, peeling off his clothes as he ran. Scout and his handler got to tracking, following the suspect’s scent trail for the better part of an hour. At one point Scout lost the track and the handler took the dog off his tracking leash. Scout circled through the trees, air-scented the suspect and lined out once again. Scout and his handler eventually caught the suspect hiding in a dense bush. Scout enjoyed four good years of retirement prior to his passing. Thank-you Scout for everything you did to keep the citizens of Hamilton safe over the course of your impressive career. Rest in Peace Big Dog.

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Tribute for Fonz

Tribute for Fonz

Anyone who has ever had a dog, knows that their only fault is that their lives are shorter than humans’. We are sad to announce that we lost another Ned’s Wish hero, PSD Fonz, who passed away on Jan 20, 2024 at 4:10am. While his passing over the rainbow bridge was rather sudden, leaving his family heartbroken, they know and take solace in that Fonz did not suffer.

Fonz was born at the RCMP’s Innisfail kennels on April 12th, 2013. He was part of the Integrated Police Dog Service in the Lower Mainland. During his career as a PSD, Fonz was partnered with two different RCMP handlers, working the areas of New Westminster, Burnaby and North Vancouver.

Fonz was a cool dude who always found ways to amuse himself by rolling on the grass and throwing his own ball in the air. In his retirement he loved sitting on the docks and quietly monitor passing ducks, people and their shenanigans. He would, however, try and bark at the incoming waves.

Rest in power and in peace Fonz. You will always remain a Ned’s Wish Hero.

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Gratitude Alert!!!

Gratitude Alert!!!

We are pleased to share that PSD Hammer’s surgery and care have been paid for in FULL because of your generosity and support. Hammer’s recovery is going well, he got his appetite back and he even went for a short walk with his human mom and dad. Hammer’s human mom said that he is back to his old self of being underfoot all the time..

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the National Policing Federation Pacific / North division, the RCMP community and all the wonderful human hearts that have donated. We are humbled by your outpour of support for Hammer. With your help we have reached and even exceeded our fundraising goal! But never you fear, your generosity will be paid forward to another worthy retired hero just like Hammer. Thank you.

A message from Hammer’s Family:

Thank you so much to Ned’s Wish and everyone who donated or reached out to us. Hammer is on the mend now and we’re all looking forward to enjoying his retirement!

Tribute for Boss

Tribute for Boss

Friday, February 2nd we said our final goodbye to Boss.  PSD Boss had a remarkable career as a Patrol Dog / Explosives Detection Dog and as a family member.  He served the city of Saskatoon from 2013-2020. He assisted in over a hundred arrests, located key evidence, and located several missing / distressed persons.

There were many incidents that stand out for me but one in particular where I believe if he weren’t with me the outcome may have been very different.

One night, while working we attended a Break and Enter in progress. It was a busy night and we didn’t have back up with us.  We started tracking a suspect and encountered him in an alley.  He had a duffel bag with him and he was not readily willing to put it down. He was showing signs that he was preparing to fight and was fidgeting with the bag.

We approached him and I warned him if he did not cooperate I would send my dog. I gave Boss his watch command to elicit a bark and see if that would get compliance. Thankfully it worked, he slowly put the bag down and gave up.

We safely took him into custody. We then found he had a loaded semi automatic firearm on him.

On a lighter note, Boss once while doing an explosives search left a “bomb” in a famous country singer’s manager’s office. They had to evacuate the office and bring in Industrial fans for an hour to clear the air.  A year later, working with another police agency this “story” was told to me as the word had apparently spread. I sheepishly acknowledged “ya that was my partner.”

Boss retired in 2020. He adjusted well to his new life. He was the “Boss” of the house. He demanded his meals on time and would do things on his own terms at his own pace.

He was a sous-chef in retirement always helping in the kitchen waiting to taste test to make sure dinner was on point.

He loved the lake and to dive off the dock and swim. He was a celebrity among all of the kids at the lake that would drop in to our place.

He was so friendly, but yet had an intimidating presence for those that didn’t know him.

Now the house is very quiet without him and his “big” personality.

He is greatly missed but we will never forget him and the great times we had together.

We want to thank Ned’s Wish and the volunteers for helping him get the best care possible so that he could have a great retirement.

We also wish to thank the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for their care.

Special thanks to Dr. Jordan Woodsworth who for years cared for Boss and continues to care for our Service Dogs.

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Tribute for Cezar

Tribute for Cezar

Ned’s Wish mourns another loss to the pack, PSD Cezar, who passed away on October 31, 2023!  His family wrote:

It is with a very heavy heart that I’m reaching out to let you know that Cezar passed away this morning. Unfortunately he had a terrible flare up of his arthritis and the vet doubled all his meds and it gave him slight relief but he was in so much pain that he couldn’t walk or lift his head. He still loved to eat and have treats but otherwise he cried every time he moved. I’ve been away from home for 2 months and just arrived home late yesterday. I’m so glad I was here with him, and he did a little prance for me yesterday when I got home. It’s a really tough day here but I wanted to let you know about his passing. Thank you so much for everything Ned’s Wish has done for us, you are amazing!

“Cezar was a dedicated member of the Edmonton Police Services and the Ontario Provincial Police Canine Units. An amazing partner to his handlers Adam (from Edmonton and his first handler ) and Cory (from the O.P.P. and his last handler) Cezar retired in May 2022, and stayed living with Cory and his family. In retirement, Cezar enjoyed watching the deer, taking walks, going to camp, swimming, Timbits and ice cream. Despite retiring, Cezar continued to show his searching skills by tracking down lost golf balls and baseballs on his daily walks; on his best day he found 10 baseballs and 1 golf ball. The baseball teams were very excited to get their lost balls back and were very grateful to Cezar. The Parrish family feel quite blessed and grateful to have had Cezar in their lives and will miss him dearly. Please give your pets extra love each and every day.”

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Tribute for Uno

Tribute for Uno

On October 30, 2023, we lost one of our oldest members of our pack, PSD Uno.  While we all know the love we feel for our pets, only dog handlers experience that special bond that tether them to their PSDs.  This bond is formed when they spend more face time, than with their loved ones.   It is made through hours of patient training in all weather conditions, many tail wags, kisses, howls, barks, daily discoveries and adventures. It is strengthened when the handler is having the worst day of their life, and their canine partner is there to listen without judgment or condemnation. This bond is forged when the handler asks their four-legged partner to face a dangerous offender, and the dog does it with no hesitation or fear, all the while the handler holds their breath and prays that their PSD does not get hurt. It is when their dog throws its own body between them and the bad guy, so that the handler can return home safely to their family.  Your loss is deeply felt dear Uno, even months later, but you will forever remain in our hearts.

Uno’s family sent this on his last day with them:

This morning we said goodbye to our beloved, amazing hero, Uno. The last couple of days he was struggling to get up and walking was difficult due to his hips. This morning I had him across the street to his field for a last session of chasing the chuck-it ball and he was in his glory. Brushed him out and he was soaking up the sun before we headed to the vet. We knew he wouldn’t live forever, but he will in our hearts ❤️. Uno was exactly fourteen years and five months old today. We were so very blessed to have him and the void he has left is enormous. The memories, though, are absolutely endless and wonderful.

Here was Uno in his prime. He was amazing. Over 300 captures, hundreds of evidence finds and countless drug finds. On top of that, he was a gentle boy who was used in numerous demos and school visits. As much as I loved him at work, he made an even larger contribution to our family and life at home.

Thank you, and all of your team, for your support and help a year ago when Uno had his surgery. As heartbroken as we feel right now, we know we did right by Uno and the pain we feel with the kids will be replaced with pure gratefulness ❤️🙏

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Tribute to Hooper

Tribute to Hooper

Everyone who has ever owned and loved their pet knows the pain of losing them. The bond between a police officer and their four legged partner is difficult to understand for some, and even harder to describe, but we believe that this connection is deeply felt by both the human and the canine.  It shapes when you spend more one-on-one time with each other, than with your loved ones.  It is formed when you are having a worse day, and the dog is there to listen without judgment or impatience. This bond is forged when you ask your four legged partner to face a dangerous offender and the dog does it with gusto and no hesitation, all the while you pray that the pup does not get hurt. It is when your dog throws its body between you and the bad guy, so you can go home safe to your human family.  It is also made through hours of patient training in all weather conditions, many tail wags, kisses to you and your kids, howls, songs, barks, daily discoveries and years of adventures.  No two dogs are alike and no two bonds are the same, so when this bond is severed, the pain of the loss is deep, leaving lasting scars. With that, we are saddened to announce the loss of PSD Hooper on December 30, 2023. Our hearts go out to Hooper’s handler and family.  We feel your pain but we also celebrate the life of this magnificent hero, Hooper.  Rest in power brave soul.

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