Forget Firefighters, This Canadian K9 Unit Has Released The Best Charity Calendar

For 2019, the Vancouver Police Department has decided to feature their four-legged partners on their calendar. The Vancouver Police Dog Calendar features the K9 Unit in a series of amazing shots that will give beefcake calendars a run for their money.

The calendar, which will raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation and B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, was the idea of retired Vancouver Police Sergeant Mike Anfield, whose wife, VPD Constable Candy Anfield, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2004. According to Social Media Liaison officer for the Vancouver Police Department, Anne-Marie Clark, “The police dogs all followed their handlers instructions during the photo shoots and were good dogs, you can see their personalities showing through in the pics.”

The Vancouver Police Department currently has 15 dog teams in the Canine Unit, each consisting of a police service dog and their human handler. Police services dogs are trained for a variety of essential activities, such as tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, narcotics, firearms and explosives detection. The Canine Unit responds to more than 10,000 calls a year in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

The unit got its start in 1957 and is the oldest municipal police dog unit in Canada. Sadly, eight police dogs have died in the line of duty. They have been memorialized with their names etched on a granite base beneath a life-size bronzed police dog located in front of the VPD police dog kennels. The memorial was donated by Darlene Poole in memory of her late husband, Jack, and his love of dogs.

Dogs usually arrive at the unit between the age of seven weeks and two years. They are selected from kennels in Canada, the United States, and Europe that have proven bloodlines, and have previously bred working dogs for the police, military, and search and rescue. Future police dogs must be highly social and active. They undergo testing to ensure that their hips, back, elbows and knees are in top shape before beginning the training program. The dogs must be at least one year of age before beginning the 14- to 17-week basic dog handler course. The dogs typically work until they are 8 to 10 years old, when they are retired to their handler.

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The Vancouver Police Dog Calendar costs $15.00 and can be delivered anywhere in the world. For more information, visit the Vancouver Police Foundation Store.

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