Taz and Taser, meet Topaz and Tony.

Those are just four of the 10 winning names submitted by children across Canada for the RCMP’s annual “Name the Puppy” contest for pooches learning to become canine constables.

The dogs, who train at the RCMP’s facility in Innisfail, Alta., will eventually be teamed up with human partners and dispatched to postings throughout the country.

“Currently, there are 133 RCMP police dog service teams from coast to coast to coast,” said RCMP spokesman Glenn Brown in a news release.

“In the last 71 years, RCMP dog teams have saved hundreds of Canadians’ lives.”

This year, children were challenged to pick names beginning with the letter T.

The winners were Laura Pardy of Glovertown, N.L. (Taz); Noah Parsons of Truro, N.S. (Tango); Molly Johnson of Prince Albert, Sask. (Topaz); Sofia Lopez of Ottawa (Tank); Hailey Patterson of Whitehorse (Taser); Karissa L. Sewell of Thompson, Man. (Thunder); Amber Walsh of Maple Ridge, B.C. (True); Breanna Moffat of Williams Lake, B.C. (Tony); David Ly of Innisfail (Tracker); and Stephanie Utatqaq of Baker Lake, Nunavut (Tiger).

Brown said there had been more than 5,000 individual entries and 300 entries from classrooms.

“The classroom entries were of such calibre that we were unable to select only two winners, as was previously the case,” said Insp. Lawrence Aimoe, officer in charge of the training facility.

“Based on creativity alone, we decided to pick two additional winners; a first in the history of the puppy-naming contest.”

The winning classroom entries came from St. Paul School in Newmarket, Ont.; Father Lacombe School in Lacombe, Alta.; Rennie’s River Elementary School in St. John’s; and Chilcotin Road Elementary School in Williams Lake.