REGINA - Santa may deliver the gifts, but it's an RCMP puppy named Elf who is bringing cheer to sick children.
The 10-week-old German shepherd visited kids at a rehabilitation centre in Regina as part of the K9 Cops for Kids Christmas campaign.
RCMP Cpl. Sean Cleary says it's like bringing a little bit of home to the hospital.
He says the reaction on the kids' faces has been absolute joy.
Cleary, other RCMP officers and municipal police dog handlers expect to visit nearly 120 children in pediatric hospital units in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.
Cleary says he hopes it can be become an annual event that will expand across the country.