This 8-week-old police puppy is generating plenty of name
suggestions on the Dunedin police Facebook page. Photo
And they call it puppy love.
A Dunedin police request inviting the public to choose a name
for their latest K9 crime-fighting recruit has been an
Nearly 24,000 people had commented by late last night on the
Dunedin Police Facebook page since the force on Monday
afternoon asked for help to name the pure-bred German
Sergeant Craig Baron, of the Dunedin Dog Section, said police
had been taken aback by the level of interest in naming the
The puppy, who comes from the New Zealand police dog breeding
programme at Trentham, must have a name starting with ''K''.
That has inspired imaginative suggestions such as ''Kodak, he
is very photogenic'', and ''Karma, cos it always comes back
to bite you''.
Some names are inspired by others: celebrity Kim Kardashian
and her rapper husband Kanye West, movie star Kevin Bacon,
All Black Jerome Kaino, the Rolling Stones'
''Keef''[Richards] or the crime-fighting vehicle from
Knight Rider, KITT.
Maori names such as kuri (dog), kaha (strength) and kaitiaki
(guardian) were also popular.
But who let these dog names out? Krispy Kreme, Krim Reaper
The appeal will close on Friday at 4pm, leaving Sgt Baron and
a Dunedin team to decide on the top five names.
The final choice will be made by the New Zealand police dog
breeding programme manager.
''It's got to be a suitable name a dog can easily respond
to,'' Sgt Baron said.
When the puppy was older, he would go through a routine
training programme which would include obedience training,
searching and tracking and criminal work.
''Once he's completed his training, he's most likely to be
based in either Dunedin or Invercargill, but it's always
possible he could work anywhere in the country,'' he said.