Gypsy

Gypsy

Ned’s Wish would like to welcome PC K9 Gypsy, in spirit. Gypsy was the only female dog serving for Parks Canada at the time!

Gypsy was a former RCMP explosives detection dog at Toronto’s Pearson airport. Gypsy was re-teamed with park warden dog handler Scott Ward at the Innisfail kennels after her original RCMP handler retired.

Arriving in Banff National Park following re-training, Gypsy spent the rest of her career working in Banff National Park from 1984 to1988.  She was the only female Parks dog at the time. She was a very capable dog, super friendly and quiet, but she had a bit of a lazy streak at times. Sometimes she gave 60%, other days 100%, although she always got the job done. She was a very capable searcher and tracker.  Some of the highlights of her career in the national parks and surrounding areas included:

Searching an entire passenger train for explosives after a bomb threat was phoned in. Gypsy and Ward cleared the entire train and declared the threat a hoax. The dynamic duo tracked down a suspect for 2.5 hours who had fled west from police in Field, BC.  Gypsy and Ward tracked down 4 suspects who had fled from the RCMP near Deadman’s Flat east of Canmore, AB, and the pair brought in all 4 suspects single-handed.

Gypsy retired to the home of a park warden who was stationed at Nahanni National Park Reserve and worked out of Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories.  While Gypsy is long gone, her free spirit still roams and we are excited to honour her at Ned’s Wish.  Welcome Gypsy!