The RCMP in New Brunswick has received a high number of requests from media and the public via social media and in person about the future of Cst. Dave Ross's police service dog, Danny.
Cst. Ross became involved with the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta in 2008. Dave began working with Danny on December 4, 2012. The two began formal training on April 22, 2013, and graduated from the Police Dog Service Training Centre on August 30, 2013, giving Danny less than a year of service when he tragically lost his partner.
"Anytime Danny barked at home, it would be to get Dave to open the truck door so they could go to work," Cst. Ross' wife, Rachael Ross said. "It wouldn't be fair to Danny to retire him as he loved his work as much as Dave did." While Danny too is grieving for his handler, he will have the opportunity to continue on to a rewarding career. While it is unusual for a police service dog to change handlers, it has happened a few times when a handler left the program, or retired.
When a handler in need of a police service dog is identified, the process to re-team Danny will begin. Danny will go through a bonding period with his new handler, after which he will return to Innisfail for a three-week period to confirm the new team meets the standards established by the RCMP.
Danny is trained to work. Danny's bond with Dave will always be there. If not for Dave recognizing Danny's skills, he would never have had the opportunity to serve Canadians, something he will continue to do with pride and dedication.