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Prince Albert youth Joseph Knutson (second from left) poses for a photo with three RCMP police dogs and their handlers. Knutson was one of eight people to have their submission selected as part of a Canada-wide contest to name the next batch of police dogs. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Joseph Knutson was excited to hear his RCMP police dog name submission had been selected in a Canada-wide contest.

However, things were about to get even better.

On Thursday, Knutson had a chance to meet three local RCMP dog handlers and their canine partners.

It was a unique experience he won’t soon forget.

“It made me happy,” Knutson said afterwards. “I was really excited when I found out they were coming.”

Knutson’s suggestion, Kato, was one of eight names selected from thousands of entries that poured in from across the country. It’s the second time in three years that a Saskatchewan resident has had their entry selected.

The name means “all-knowing,” which Knutson thought was appropriate for a police dog.

For the rest of this story, please see the July 21 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.