Diego was born on April 12, 2011, at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre, in Innisfail, Alberta. His career began in Lower Mainland, BC. After working there with the Integrated Police Dog Unit he transferred to the North Battleford Saskatchewan Police Dog Services unit in June 2013. He worked a variety of calls including homicides, missing persons, Criminal Code offences and drug searches.
After five years of service, Diego retired early from the RCMP due to a pinched nerve between his shoulder blades causing swelling in his front left leg. He joined his forever-family in September 2017 on a farm in Drayton Valley, Alta. When he first arrived, he had to make some adjustments. He discovered not all animals on the farm are dog friendly. The mule and the longhorn steers made it clear that no matter how much he barked, they just don’t like him!
When he was first introduced to the family’s grandchildren, he played with them all day. But, on the second day he opted to stay in his dog house – old dogs don’t have the same energy as young children. But that is one of the benefits of retirement; Diego can just take it easy.