PSD Arek joins Ned’s Wish posthumously, but while he has been gone since 2015, he is definitely not forgotten. We all know that “Blood it’s in you to give” but did you know that it applies to canines as well? Arek was one of the first recipients of blood from his then colleague, PSD Dyson.
Arek was born at the RCMP Police Dog Training Centre on April 10th, 2007. Arek was raised in the RCMP pup-rearing program prior to being teamed up with Constable Edison of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. Arek and his handler graduated from the RCMP Police Dog Training Centre in April of 2009 and returned to the Northeast Avalon Peninsula area of Newfoundland and Labrador to work.
PSD Arek was a very charismatic dog and was probably best known for his intensity, his speed and agility as well as his skill at removing his favourite Kong from his handler’s pocket, even if that meant sometimes taking the pocket and associated contents with it!
Arek had great successes during his career, including tracking lots of bad guys, and finding a senior citizen with a medical condition who had fallen into a ditch after wandering off.
In 2015, Arek was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his spleen and required emergency surgery. During surgery he required a blood transfusion, with the donor being his fellow police dog and co-worker PSD Dyson. This K9-to-K9 transfusion brought a lot of attention from both the media and other law enforcement agencies. Surgery was successful in removing the tumour, but unfortunately Arek passed away a few weeks after his surgery due to complications.
The local vet clinic was in the process of setting up a Blood Donation and Blood Bank for dogs at the time of Arek’s emergency surgery. The media focus on Arek’s situation brought the need for a blood bank for dogs requiring emergency surgery and specialty care into the public spotlight. Arek’s plight, while dire, ultimately has aided dogs both locally and across the country and brought attention to the national animal blood bank program. Hero in life and death.