Kohl Goodfellow (7), of Dunedin, meets his namesake, K9 Kohl, at the Dunedin Central Police Station yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin's newest deputy dog looked pretty good yesterday for
a pooch who has been called every name under the sun.
Dunedin police received more than 27,000 entries in a
week-long competition to name the canine crime fighter.
The 9-week-old German shepherd puppy was yesterday named
Kohl, the name having immediately drawn the attention of
police, Sergeant Craig Baron, of the Dunedin dog section,
''It's ideal. It's short and sharp and one syllable.''
Police were ''overwhelmed'' by the public response to the
competition, he said.
An article announcing the name on the Otago Daily
Times website yesterday was shared more than 1000 times
within a hour of being posted, while the Dunedin police
Facebook page, which hosted the competition, also received
much positive feedback.
''Congratulations Tash and Kohl, love the name,'' Sophanna
''So fitting for a dog as black as coal.''
However, not everyone liked the name, with several readers
pointing out that kohl was the German word for cabbage.
Someone who will be keenly following the canine's career is
Kohl Goodfellow (7), of Dunedin, who has been blind since
birth, after contracting the rare eye condition anophthalmia.
His mother, Tash Loder, was one of several people to suggest
''We named him Kohl because it's a different and strong name,
just like him. So I thought it would be a good name for a
police dog, too,'' Ms Loder said.
''We were so excited when the police told us our name had
won. We're over the moon.''
The two Kohls hit it off as only a boy and a puppy can, when
they met at the Dunedin Central Police Station yesterday. K9
Kohl was a bundle of disorderly conduct, as he wriggled,
licked and puppy-loved his way around the room.
''I think it's good, especially as his name is spelled the
same as mine,'' Kohl said, before grimacing at another
Police were delighted with the response to the competition,
which also drew plenty of tongue-in-cheek suggestions, such
as Kaution, Kimdotcom and Kronic, Southern district
communications manager Vivien Pullar said.
''There has always been a lot of community interest in our
police dogs. People love puppies.''
The other shortlisted names for the Trentham police dog
breeding programme graduate were Kaha, Kosta, Kaos and Kaida.
K9 Kohl was remanded in custody to reappear after an
extensive police training programme.