The city’s top dogs were rewarded today with plenty of treats and belly rubs. The City of Calgary held their third annual Working Dogs Day at the Bowmont Off Leash Park on Saturday.
Services dogs of all shapes and sizes attended the event. Including Honey, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever who helps out the Calgary Fire Department. Her handler and Fire Investigator, Brad McDonald, says the fire department canines speed up the process when determining how a fire was started.
Dogs from the Canada Border Services were also in attendance. Gwen Pease, Canada Border Services Officer, says these dogs are trained to look for a variety of contraband. Pease adds the dogs have a mandatory retirement age of 11 so as long as they are in good working health, the dogs can assist border services for a long time.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi also attended the event Saturday morning. He said the Working Dogs Day is also to celebrate the City’s Off-Leash Ambassadors who encourage safety in off leash parks.