CIA K9 Hall of Fame: Arno the Belgian Malinois

Photo credit: CIA

While 4leggers has grown into a site that offers fact sheets, helpful tips, and feature stories about all four-legged mammals from household cats to mountain lions, bears, elephants and even mice. But the foundation of 4leggers is with our love of dogs.

To help educate the public about how important canines are to our everyday life, even though we often don’t know it, 4leggers is launching a series of stories about some of the most courageous dogs in the world. To kick off the series, we’re focusing on the best of the best: the retired working dogs of the K9 Corps of the Central Intelligence Agency who have been enshrined in the CIA’s K9 Hall of Fame.

If you know of any courageous dogs – whether working dogs or just a neighbor’s dog who saved a life or did something courageous – please contact us and we’ll follow up about doing a story: change [at] sherpamultimedia [dot] com.



NAME: Arno

BREED: Belgian Malinois

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: Netherlands


Hi, my name is Arno. I am a Belgian Malinois. I was born in the Netherlands. At the CIA, my main job is to find explosives, but I am also trained to find bad guys. I have been with my partner, K-9 Officer Derek, for almost four years. I love working with him. We travel all over the world. We go to competitions, too. I really like to compete and show my partner that I’m really good at my job. I finished first at one of the explosive competitions. Officer Derek was so proud of me; that night he even gave me a steak for dinner.

At home I always have lots of fun. Officer Derek has two boys and a really nice wife. She sneaks treats to me all the time. I really like dinner time, because the boys always drop food on the floor. I love chasing my toy called a KONG. The boys also throw the KONG to me. I get so excited when we play with it. We all go on family walks and runs. It’s nice to get outdoors and exercise. It keeps us healthy.

One last thing, remember to do your best in school. If you see me working, ask Officer Derek if it’s OK before you come pet me and say “hi.” 

Learn more about the CIA’s K9 Hall of Fame at the official site for the CIA.

Source: CIA


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