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Michigan Residents Help Name Future Medical Service Dog Co-Sponsored by MSP Recruits

And the winner is…Tuebor. The Michigan-centric moniker meaning "I will defend" was the public favorite, taking nearly 60 percent of online votes, over Lansing, for our state's Capital, and Bobby, the British term for a police officer. 

Florida-based Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs sought the internet's input naming in its next four-legged hero, which will be placed with a disabled veteran. The canine was co-sponsored by the Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® (GMAR) and the Michigan State Police's 135th Trooper Recruit School.

Fundraising started when the former recruits became aware of a Guardian Angels' recipient at a DeWitt-area gym. They used their "Workout of the Day" to fundraise more than $9,200 for a future service dog and GMAR stepped in with the remaining balance for a total of $25,000, the full cost of training one animal.

Since 2015, GMAR has committed to donating funds for five service dogs. Two have been paired with recipients in Michigan, while a third is currently training at Guardian Angels' headquarters in Florida. 

This is the first time the MSP trooper recruits have participated though they complete at least one community service project during each school as part of the department's dedication to "Service with a Purpose."

Tuebor, yet to be born, will be placed with a disabled veteran from Michigan. Updates on process will be shared by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs following its birth.