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.

In the memory of…

If you would like to donate in the memory of Ozzy/Danny or other heroes like him

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!

Please read the original article on pages 6-7:

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A Big Thank You from Kye and His Family

A Big Thank You from Kye and His Family

A Howling Thank you to everyone who contributed to Kye’s fundraiser. With your generous donations, well wishes and prayers for Kye, he not only received a life saving surgery, but he is continuing to get better.  While his journey to recovery is far from over, he has had a very good start all because of you!  

Kye’s handler is extremely thankful and is overwhelmed by your generosity. No words can describe her gratitude for giving Kye another chance at a well earned retirement.  

Thank you to Ned’s Wish Family for making a huge difference in the life of this deserving hero!  

Tribute for Grinder

Tribute for Grinder

We are very saddened to announce that our retired PSD Grinder passed over the rainbow bridge on August 20, 2023, while being held by his best friend, Nathan. Through tough times and through good times together till the end. Ned’s Wish Veterinarian Dr. Kathryn Welsman said that it was her privilege to be able to help Nathan and Grinder during this emotional parting. Thank you for your service Grinder, you will always remain our Hero.

In the memory of…

If you would like to donate in the memory of Ozzy/Danny or other heroes like him

Tribute for Arctic

Tribute for Arctic

Everyone has an Origin story.  While Ned’s Wish was founded in memory of PSD Ned, our first registered Hero was PSD Arctic, Reg  # 822.  At that moment he became a part of our Origin story.   Arctic was born on March 21, 2008, at the RCMP’s Police Dog Services Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta.  It is with deep sorrow we have to say goodbye to Arctic as he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and joined Ned to help him keep watch over us.

Arcic showed enormous potential from a very young age. He has been trained by, and worked with some of the best RCMP dog handlers to date, who are grieving his loss still.  

Arctic had a very successful career with the RCMP. During one of his first operational calls, Arctic’s nose led his handler to the discovery of over one kilogram of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment inside a vehicle.  However, Arctic’s superpower was bringing closure to grieving families by finding the remains of their loved ones.  Although not glamorous, his work was extraordinarily important, because Arctic helped the victims’ families make peace and move forward. 

Arctic was not all business all the time, he had a fun side that made his handler laugh out loud during training and operations alike.  Arctic retained his drive and traits that made him a great police dog throughout his retirement and into his golden age.  He kept a close watch of his home and family to the last breath.  

Rest in peace Arctic, and know that you are loved and will not be forgotten.  Thank you for your faithful service. You will always be our Number 1 Hero.

In the memory of…

If you would like to donate in the memory of Ozzy/Danny or other heroes like him

Honoring Bob and Shirley Spreadbury and their grand-dog, Atar

Honoring Bob and Shirley Spreadbury and their grand-dog, Atar

NED’S WISH is Honored to celebrate the lives of Bob and Shirley Spreadbury with this memoir and tribute written by their son Brian.

The RCMP’s Police Dog Service Training Centre was established just southeast of Innisfail, Alberta in 1965, at about the same time that the Spreadbury family purchased a dilapidated cottage at Sylvan Lake that they lovingly restored and turned into the family cabin. The Spreadbury clans’ first exposure to working dogs came at the Red Deer Fair back in the days when the fairgrounds were downtown near the Red Deer River, long before the fairgrounds were moved to the site of the present-day Westerner Park. There the family would regularly meet and chat with new handlers and their dogs who were training and growing accustomed to working together in large crowds. Driving from Calgary to “the Lake” over the decades always resulted in all eyes looking east to see if any dogs could be seen running the obstacle course at the Innisfail training facility.

Bob and Shirley Spreadbury’s two boys both eventually ended up doing resource conservation-related law enforcement, Ken as an Alberta park ranger and conservation officer, and Brian as a Depot-trained national park warden and resource management officer. Training and working alongside numerous general duty police dogs from both the national parks and the RCMP in mountain environments became a regular part of their day-to-day duties. Acting as quarry, setting tracks, hiding articles, setting up what at times were elaborate training scenarios for multiple dog teams, and working alongside the dogs and their handlers during search and rescue incidents, including numerous avalanche recoveries, was a regular occurrence.

Brian and his wife Patti adopted a retired German Shepherd named Atar following the dog’s career in the mountain parks. Brian had worked closely with the dog, even acting as a “pseudo-handler” at one point, and the dog’s K9 handler knew Atar was going to a good home. Originally brought over as a pup from the Eastern Bloc, Atar was trained at the kennels in Innisfail and started his career in northern Saskatchewan. His original police handler was not a good fit with Atar so the dog went back to kennels to be partnered with another handler. The RCMP’s loss was definitely the mountain parks’ gain, and Atar (which translates to “invisible fire”) had a stellar career in the mountain parks from 2006 through 2011.

Atar retired in March 2011 and spent the rest of his days with Brian and Patti. Atar took about 6 months to figure out he was retired, but once he did he took to retirement with gusto. Brian’s parents took care of Atar when Brian and Patti were traveling, and to say that Bob and Shirley were proud of their “grandpuppy” was an understatement.

Retired working dogs can require significant veterinarian care as they age, and Atar was no exception. Atar was well taken care of and no expense was spared to give him the quality of life he deserved during his retirement, right to the very end.

On behalf of the late Bob and Shirley Spreadbury, and in memory of Atar and the numerous other K9s their sons worked with, a significant donation has been made to Ned’s Wish to ensure that those retired working dogs who have put it all “on the line” during their careers continue to receive the medical attention they need during their much-deserved retirements.