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Vancouver Police release 2018 Year of the Dog-themed charity calendar

Stephanie Ip

Officer Dan Ames poses with Niko at Vancouver police headquarters in Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Arlen Redekop/Postmedia Network)

Officer Dan Ames poses with Niko at Vancouver police headquarters in Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Arlen Redekop/Postmedia Network)

According to the Chinese zodiac, it's a good year to be a dog.

Local canine officers have released the 2018 Vancouver Police Dogs Calendar and the timing couldn't be better with the Year of the Dog upon us. Chinese New Year takes place on Feb. 16, 2018 and will usher in the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac calendar.

The charity calendar features the Vancouver Police Department's four-legged best friends as the models, with Vancouver's Chinatown serving as the backdrop.

The calendar is funded and produced thanks to the Candy Anfield Memorial Foundation. Anfield is the late wife of retired VPD Sgt. Mike Anfield; she too was a VPD officer but died in 2004 following a fight with breast cancer.

Each calendar costs $15 and all benefits will go toward the B.C. Cancer Foundation and B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation. Last year's calendar saw $26,000 raised; to date, the annual project as raised approximately $150,000 for charities.

The VPD canine unit has 15 handler and dog teams. The teams are trained in arrests, narcotics, firearms and explosives detection.

Calendars are available for purchase at the following locations:

• VPD Public Information Counters (3585 Graveley St. and 2120 Cambie St.)

• Vancouver Community Policing Centres (Various)

• Vancouver Police Museum (240 East Cordova St.)

• B.C. Cancer Foundation (686 West Broadway)

• B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation (938 West 28th Ave.)

• Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply Stores (Vancouver locations)

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