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Diefenbaker - Deaf wolf sidekick and constant companion of Constable Benton Fraser (Paul Gross), an RCMP Deputy Liaison officer for the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, Illinois on the police drama DUE SOUTH/CBS/SYN/1994-98.

Fraser, Diefenbaker and Det. Ray Vecchio
Benton Fraser, Diefenbaker and Det. Ray Vecchio

Fraser found Diefenbaker as a pup lost in an abandoned mine in the Yukon. He treats Diefenbaker (a wolf hybrid) with respect, although sometimes they do get on each others nerves.

The wolf's handicapped condition can be traced to icy water that burst the wolf's eardrums and took away his hearing (Diefenbaker saved Fraser's life by pulling him out of Prince Rupert Sound).

Luckily, Diefenbaker picked up the ability to read lips in English and in Inuit.

Fraser's wolf friend has a sweet tooth for chocolate and an open account at a local Dunkin' Donuts store.

On the episode "Wild Bunch" Diefenbaker sired three pup (among them Buster & Sunshine) with another husky named Maggie.

"There is nothing more frustrating than playing
hide and seek with a deaf wolf." -- Fraser

TRIVIA NOTE: The first dog (Frankie) used in the pilot movie DUE SOUTH was replaced by a young Siberian husky named Lincoln who played Diefenbaker for the series' first and second seasons.

Lincoln was owned and trained specifically for DUE SOUTH, by Ted Haggis (father of the series' creator Paul Haggis). However, Paul Gross made the decision not to bring Lincoln back for Seasons 3 and 4.

A new husky, Draco the Dragonheart, was then brought in to play Fraser's canine companion. Draco was owned trained by Gail & Rick Parker of Canadian Wranglers Motion Picture Animals Limited.

Four other Siberian huskies dogs - Chinook, Keary-Ann, her daughter MacKenzie King, and Cinder (Draco's sister) - were used as well. A dummy dog named Stiffy was used for dangerous stunts.

John Diefenbaker, a Tory Populist, was the Prime Minister of Canada in the mid-1960s. See also - HATS: Constable Benton's Hat

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