CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Garcia the Labrador Retriever

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, the foundation of 4leggers is 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: Garcia

BREED: Labrador Retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: New Jersey, United States


Hi, my name is Garcia. I am a black Lab. I was born in New Jersey on July 19, 2004. When I turned 1-year-old I was sent to The Seeing Eye Foundation. They have a school where dogs learn how to help guide the blind. Everyone quickly realized I was full of energy and I loved to smell everything around me. The Seeing Eye decided I would make a good Explosives Detection dog. That is where I go around sniffing for bombs and explosives.

The Seeing Eye Foundation sent me to a place called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). I made a lot of new friends with all the other dogs that were there. After being at the ATF for a couple of weeks, the people there showed me a new trick. I learned that if I sniffed out explosives and sat down, they would give me food. (And I love food!)

After being there for six weeks, I finally met my new partner, K-9 Officer Charles. I really like my partner! Officer Charles took me outside and would let me play with the other dogs. He would brush my coat and gave me a bath every week. After 10 weeks of training, I started to go home every day with my partner.

Each morning, Officer Charles and I wake up and go to work at the CIA. Sniffing for explosives is an important job. At the end of the workday, I go home with my partner. In the evening, Officer Charles and his wife take me for walks around the pond behind our house. His wife is great, and she likes to play games with me. She chases me around the house with a lint roller. She’s always trying to pick up my loose hair. It is very funny to watch.

Overall, I love my job, my home, and especially my partner and his wife.

Source: CIA


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