Tribute for Axel

Tribute for Axel

We are heart broken to announce the loss of recently registered Ned’s Wish Hero, PSD Axel. Axel came to Ned’s Wish from the Ontario Provincial Police, where he served as a Drug Detection dog in the North Bay area. Axel retired in 2018 and just passed over the rainbow bridge on November 27, 2022.

Axel had an accomplished career, detecting illegal drugs and then assisting in numerous drug seizures in schools. In his retirement, Axel loved to swim and duck his head under water to grab sticks or rocks, and of course, he loved to retrieve balls. Rest in Peace Axel, thank you for the years of dedicated service!

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Tribute for Beatrix/Binx

Tribute for Beatrix/Binx

We are very sad to announce the loss of PSD Beatrix, who was also lovingly called Binx by her family. Binx joined the Ned’s Wish family on September 4, 2020 at the age of 10. When Binx retired, she fell in love with her family’s farm and was happy to frolic in its vast fields. Binx was a good mom not only to her pups, but also had a special connection with the baby calves. You will be dearly missed Binx, rest in peace sweet girl.

Beatrice family sent the following:

Binx came to live with us when she retired from the RCMP PDSTC Breeding Program. She soon adapted to life on the farm and adjusted to the animals that were already there: barn cats, cattle, donkeys, and elk. She was quick to learn her boundaries, and the does and don’ts. Her favorite farm time was calving. She loved checking out the newborn calves, and as the calves got older, they loved checking out Binx and following her around the pens. Binx loved doing chores, and sitting on the floor of our side by side trailer to make sure she got into each pen at feeding time. The last couple of years she figured out that it was more fun to sit on the ride mower as we cut grass, rather than following the mower. As Binx aged, her mobility, sight, and hearing started to fail, but she had done well for a 13-year-old German Shepard. She bonded deeply with our family and will be truly missed.

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Nicky Wilmot Gratitude

Nicky Wilmot Gratitude

“Heaven’s the place where all of the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you.”

Meet Nicky Willmot and her K9 Initiative!
(I know we have HOWLED about Nicky a few times, but she continues to have such an enormous impact on the Ned’s Wish community, we needed to HOWL some more!)

Here is a reminder of why Nicky does what she does!

“I do custom pet portraits, and two years ago, I painted two police dogs for twin K (police officers in my area) as a surprise gift. When I saw how it affected them, I started branching out across Ontario, and then eventually across Canada. I am not a wealthy person, I am a single mom of three (grown kids) and I work full time, however, this was a way I could give back. I paint portraits of police dogs that have passed away whether it is on active duty or in retirement as a gift to the K9 Handler.”

Nicky first surprised “Fallen Hero” Tyson’s family with a beautiful portrait of him. Thanks to Top Dawg Stacey Talbot working behind the scenes to organize it, Nicky was able to give the gift in person to his family

Since Nicky started this powerful initiative, she has blessed many of our “Fallen Heroes” families with her gift of love. Nicky’s talent has not only captured the essence of our “Fallen Heroes”, she has captured the hearts of their families and Ned’s Wish. We can not begin to express the impact that her kindness has had on our community, so we thought it should come directly from our Hoomans:

“I received a gift today from a supporter of Ned’s Wish. It was a painting of my first dog PSD Chrisa, who passed this year. The gift brought tears of joy, as now I can say she is back home again.” – Handler Jamie Dobson

Jamie was also Fallen Hero Jago’s handler, before he was re partnered with Scott McLeod and killed in the line of duty. Nicky again gifted Jamie with a portrait of Jago!
“Now they are home together” – Handler Jamie Dobson

“Edge took his job very seriously, but when with those he trusted he was a goofball and the best cuddler. You so perfectly captured his goofy smile! We can’t thank you enough for using your talents to pay tribute to fallen heroes and especially our handsome boy Edge. 💙” – Karen Willams

This is also not the end of the story, prior to Edge retiring, and living with Karen Williams and Jim Hynes, he was partnered with handler Sgt. Morgan and his family. When Karen received the portrait of Edge, she asked if Nicky would paint another one for Sgt. Morgan. Karen and Jim offered a donation to a charity of Nicky’s choice for the portraits. Well GUESS WHAT?! We are all TAIL WAGS because Nicky agreed and Karen and Jim generously donated $5000.00 to our “Cause for Heroes with Paws”

We can’t thank Nicky enough, we bet she had no idea how her thoughtfulness of others and selfless act of reaching out through her art, would connect this community and provide complete strangers so much comfort.

Nicky, we are so grateful that you are and forever will be a part of the Ned’s Wish family.

Dag Update

Dag Update

From Dag’s family:

We would like to thank both Ned’s Wish and the Caron family for the amazing support of Dag throughout his surgical recovery and into his early retirement. 

Dag spends most of his days keeping a watchful eye, inside the house, on his retirement family and their many curious friends/supporters. 

Although Dag is starting to adjust to a slower pace life style (ha not really) he is beginning to appreciate the finer things in life such as his first dog bed, his introduction to mountain biking / fat biking, his constant cuddles and of course, more free access to his trusty Kong. 

We look forward to meeting others’ in the Ned’s wish community at future events. 

Thanks again to Stacey (and the Ned’s Wish team) for what you do!  

Tribute for Ejay

Tribute for Ejay

It is with profound sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of our fallen hero PSD Ejay #972. Ejay served for five years in Strathcona County before being posted in Lethbridge for his remaining career. Ejay was described by his family as a rock for them and will be dearly missed by us all.

From his Handler/Family

He was an amazing dog and we were so lucky to have him.  I think of all the times on calls that we went on and all the good work he did it amazes me.

Getting to hang out with him during his retirement was an honor.  He was always a rock for my family and I. He enjoyed picking on my sons lab and all his dog toys. He always was there when we left in the morning and greeted me everyday when I got home.  He had slowed down quite a bit but was still so much fun for all of us.

There are way better words I can use to describe Ejay and I am not doing his memory justice. I feel like I have lost a limb and every day the pain doesn’t seem to fade. I miss him and love him.

The one photo of Ejay and Andy was a training day where Andy opened up the gate for Ejay’s Crate.  It is a goofy pic of Ejay in the front seat looking guilty, I think.  That was a fun day of training in Stony.

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Tribute for Brando

Tribute for Brando

With profound sadness, we regret to announce that our beloved hero Brando passed away on September 12, 2022, after a short illness.  Brando was one of our Ned’s Wish ambassadors, attending many of our events as a meet and greet dog, and helping us show the public how amazing our heroes are.  Brando was special to each of us in a different way, and will be sorely missed.  

From Brando’s Handler:

If there was ever a dog living his best life it was Brando, and he deserved it. Brando and I partnered under tough circumstances for both of us.  Brando for not working out with his partner and me for losing my partner unexpectedly after 5 years together. I was probably not always fair to Brando in my assessment and expectations at first, and it took me longer then it should have to realize how special Brando was and what he was capable of. Brando was an extremely loyal and hard working partner that always had my back and did what I asked to the best of his ability. Looking back, I think it was his kind and caring side that probably helped me the most and its for that he will always be special to me and my kids.

I do remember the day I realized Brando was at the end of his working career, or I should say the day Brando let me know. He lay down in a field during a missing person search after about 15 minutes and just looked at me, and it was as if I could hear him say Dad I am done, I am not enjoying this anymore. He got up and we finished, but I knew he had given his all and was ready for the next chapter. My kids really wanted to keep Brando but I knew I couldn’t work a dog and give him the attention he needed or deserved.  So thank you for giving Brando the opportunity to live his best life. 

From Brando’s retirement family:

Brando was without a doubt my heart dog.  I still find myself looking for him throughout the day, and miss him terribly.  Brando was a bear of a dog who loved as fiercely as he worked, and we developed a close bond almost immediately.  It just seemed Brando knew he was home for good, and he fit into the tapestry of our home seamlessly.  He was a dog that was no stranger to the odd grudge… something my partner was well acquainted with… but was also a quintessential mamas boy who wasn’t afraid of asking for a little help if the “mean” cat was sitting on the stairs he needed to go down, or laying too close to that kong he desperately wanted, or even just looking at him from a room away.  I can also recall more than once having a 90 pound German shepherd crawling onto my chest at 3am at the barest hint of thunder, because sometimes tough guys just need a snuggle to get them through a storm. 

Brando was a playful companion for his brothers Kable and Finn, playing chase and trying to find mice in the long grass for hours.  We enjoyed long hikes together at the lake, and Brando LOVED his camper… even going so far as to teach himself how to turn on the heat and massage on the recliner beside mom.  And, his hedgehog… he loved his hedgehogs almost as much as he loved bacon, which is saying a lot.  He carried them any distance of hike, used them as pillows when sleeping, and never let them very far out of his sight.  The first thing he did when it was time for a truck ride was look around for his hog to come along.  It was something that got him a lot of attention on our walks, and he loved showing off for new people.  Brando was well known at our local pet stores, and Tim’s drive-thru… he got to know the phrase “bacon patrol”, and took this job very seriously.  He was my constant travel buddy, and always enjoyed seeing new things and meeting new people, whether that was at a Ned’s Wish event, or home with my elderly mother in PEI.  I also want to extend a huge thank you to Cpl Craig Mattatal, for allowing me to have this wonderful dog in my life.  He and his family made a sacrifice in giving Brando up for his retirement, and I can’t imagine a life where Brando and I didn’t get to meet.  I’m forever grateful to you all. 

When the time came, Brando passed peacefully on my lap with his hedgehog tucked under his chin, right where he liked it best.  He was just two months shy of his 13th birthday.  Sadly, just a month later, Brando’s brother Kable also passed.  It had been some time since the two had a good wrestle, as both struggled with mobility issues as they aged.  It gives me some solace to know they are together again, and can play and run as much as they want.

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Retired Hero Dag Has Recovered!

Retired Hero Dag Has Recovered!

Ned’s Wish wanted to take a moment to show appreciation to the incredible community of supporters and donors who came together and supported this hero on his road to recovery! Dag’s medical bills exceeded $18K and because of all of you, Ned’s Wish was able to cover them all!

HIGH PAWS ALL THE WAY AROUND!

Retired Hero Dag will now be able to spend his hard earned retirement enjoying his kong and practicing the art of healing!

Tribute for Dave

Tribute for Dave

Ned’s Wish wants to honour the life of our Legendary Hero, Retired PSD Dave, Reg # 927.

While PSD Dave was Alberta bred in Innisfail as part of the RCMP program, he served most of his career in British Columbia.  Dave was born on January 15, 2011 and was a giant of a dog with a huge personality. 

Dave and his handler were trained and specialised in both the Marine Operations & Emergency Response Team (ERT) and they were routinely deployed on drug interdiction & maritime assault missions.  

Where Dave’s story becomes extra special is when he tracked down an innocent victim of abduction & extortion.  The victim was dragged into the woods at night and left there, tied up, to die.  Dave was able to track his scent and save his life.  The person PSD Dave saved became Dave’s new partner in retirement!  Dave continued to provide an immeasurable service of safety, security, and comfort to his new best friend.

In his retirement, Dave loved swimming and we lovingly nicknamed him Scuba Dave.  As intense as Dave was throughout his policing career, in his retirement, he would never pass up the opportunity to cuddle with his human family.  

Thank you for your service Dave, you are a true Legend. We celebrate your life with honour and pride.  You left a huge paw print on the lives of many and a gaping hole in our hearts.

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