As far as we know there are only 2 heroes named HASKO: one is a fictional character who fought during the 80 Years War (1568–1648), and the other – is RCMP Police Service Dog bearing regimental #1049, who’s exploits were very much performed in real life.
Hasko the canine was born at the Innisfail RCMP kennels on August 26, 2015. After completing training, he served for a short time in Prince George, BC, then in Lloydminster and the final location of High Level / The Northern Alberta area. Hasko was key in locating several missing persons, including children. He was also adept at apprehending criminals and in locating evidence for high profile files (murder files etc). Hasko’s mental drive and strength out matched the limitations of his body by far, to the point that I would have to force him to stop, and rest which he did not approve of. One of his most difficult tracks was 18 km through very difficult terrain and inclement weather conditions that lead to the successful location and apprehension of a criminally motivated suspect. On this particular track, Hasko was forced to wait on 3 different occasions, so the exhausted back-up members could switch out. No matter the difficulty, the weather, how tired, how sore or the hidden injuries he was fighting, Hasko always wanted to work.
While Hasko was hard on the criminal element, police work was very hard on him. Hasko has 3 significant medical problems: Laryngeal Paralysis (also known as Lar Par), degenerate mitral valve heart disease and degenerative disc disease. Despite these conditions Hasko is enjoying his retirement in the best way he knows how: walking around on a trampoline. When he isn’t engaged in gymnastics Hasko also enjoys hiking with the family, swimming, camping, and chasing/chewing the kong, his favourite toy. His favourite spot to be scratched is his chest, and he enjoys it so much he almost falls over. Hasko still requires a task, despite all his medical issues. So when hanging out with the family, he loves running around with his favourite kong. Mentally Hasko is having difficulty accepting retirement, but he is progressing every day.