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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PAWSITIVE news from JACK

PAWSITIVE news from JACK

With a heart full of gratitude, Jack doesn’t have enough words to thank everyone who donated and helped him feel better! We, at Ned’s Wish, would like to say THANK YOU to all of your for helping us meet our fundraising goal for Jack. Because of you we not only helped Jack, but we also can help other retired heroes like him in the future.
Other than his belly still being a little bare of hair, and maybe still a few pounds less, Jack is back to being himself, and ready for a long retirement!
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!

Jack is healing, slowly but surely!

Jack is healing, slowly but surely!

His personality is back, and he is curious about everything I am doing. He has been spending all his time indoors to keep his incision clean, and to keep an eye on him, but he is still an outdoor dog at heart!

His strength and endurance are slowly re building, with him being up to about 10-15 minute walks now. Jack has also gained back a couple pounds, as he had dropped nearly 20 lbs during his ordeal.

He likes to carry his kong around with him, hopeful that just one time I will forget he is healing, and we can play fetch again!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, as we have surpassed half of the goal!!!!

Kye’s Update

Kye’s Update

It’s been a PAW-FULLY long recovery for our brother and retired hero Kye…

We know you have all been waiting to hear some news about our retired hero Kye and where he is on his journey to recovery. Well the one thing we like to share about our retired heroes is their NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE and Kye is the perfect example of this!

We also know it takes a village to support our “Cause for Heroes with Paws” and thanks to our partnership with Back on Track 

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Kye’s bed has Heat Therapy with Far Infrared (FIR) . The far infrared waves generated by these textiles penetrate into Kye’s body tissues and stimulate blood flow to accelerate his healing process.

With the help of his special bed, Kye is getting back to his old police dog self!

Kye’s handler shared, Kye is always watching and always by my side. We are forever grateful!

Ned’s Wish is so grateful for Kye’s recovery, Back on Track and to everyone who has supported and loved Kye back to health.

PS: Spoiler alert KYE is in our 2024 calendar!!!

Gratitude for Nicky Wilmot

Gratitude for Nicky Wilmot

“Artists are among the most generous of people. Perhaps inherent in the appreciation of creativity comes a deep, underlying love of humanity and our Earth” – Kelly Borsheim

Nicky Wilmot is one of our donors, who continues to gift us with her talent by creating portraits of our fallen heroes.

Nicky most recently painted a portrait of Falk and gifted it to Falk’s family. Falk’s family shared how truly grateful they were to have Falk honoured in such a way.

Once again Nicky, your underlying love of our retired heroes and appreciation of their lives of service has brought healing through your art.

“There are truly wonderful people in this world” – Falk’s Family

From the tip of our valuable noses to the points of our wagging tails, we send you so much love and gratitude 💙

Tribute for Cain

Tribute for Cain

Today we would like to remember the life and work of PSD Cain, who passed away on September 17. During his eight-year career with the RCMP, late PSD Cain covered Vernon area while also working with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) throughout Southeast British Columbia. He was successful in catching a large number of suspects in a variety of cases. In his retirement Cain’s work habits remained as he kept patrolling his home and protecting his 3 girls.

From his Handler Kevin Rutten:

Cain was an excellent partner and friend and kept me safe more times than I can count. Cain was highly intelligent and was easy to train . He had a good nature and loved people, especially children .

I kept Cain in his retirement and he adjusted well. He was an excellent companion and protector for my children. We are still learning how to manage without him. Cain was a huge part of my life for a long time and was there for all of my children’s lives. There is a big void in our home since he left us.

We love you Cain . We will miss you. We won’t forget you.

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Ned’s Wish Featured in RMO!

Ned’s Wish Featured in RMO!

After working hard for years, all dogs that risk their life for others deserve a happy and fulfilling retirement. The Parks Canada Dogs should not be an exception! Ned’s Wish has enrolled the four working dogs into retirement!

These Park dogs have been involved in various high-risk activities such as taking down poachers, seizing narcotics, tracking missing individuals on drugs, and participating in helicopter rescues, including avalanche recoveries in dangerous terrain.
However, the retirement of these heroic dogs is often marred by the high costs of healthcare. Retired police, military, and Parks Canada dogs face financial challenges in affording necessary veterinary care. If their medical bills become too burdensome, it can severely affect their quality of life or even shorten their retirement years.
Brian Spreadbury, a retired Parks Canada warden, and resource conservation officer, adopted one of these retired dogs, Atar. He highlights that these dogs work tirelessly during their careers and deserve a comfortable retirement. Atar, a highly skilled dog, responded to numerous calls during his five-year career and required significant veterinary care in his retirement.

In honour of Spreadbury’s parents, a generous donation was made to Ned’s Wish, a charity organization that supports retired police and military dogs. This donation allowed Ned’s Wish to expand its mandate to include Parks Canada dogs like Leroy, the current search and rescue dog in Banff National Park. These funds will provide much-needed medical attention to retired working dogs, ensuring they have a dignified retirement.
Stacey Talbot, the president of Ned’s Wish and a retired RCMP officer, emphasized the disparity between retired human officers, who receive pension funds, and retired dogs, who lack financial support for their healthcare in their later years. Talbot’s involvement with Parks Canada dogs in retirement led to her commitment to helping these loyal canines receive the care they deserve during their well-earned retirements.

We are happy to have the Parks Canada Working Dogs as a part of our growing pack at Ned’s Wish!

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