CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Gus the Labrador Retriever

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.



BREED: Labrador retriever (yellow)

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


My name is Gus. I am a yellow Lab. When I was really little, I was trained to be a hunting dog. But I had so much energy, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency (ATF) bought me and trained me to find explosives. I love my job. I could work all day long if I had to.

The happiest day of my life was when my partner, Officer Adam, and I graduated from ATF school together. I knew that I was finally going to my new home.

I’m glad that Officer Adam and I get to work together every day. And even after a long day at work, I still have energy to chase birds around the backyard. I guess that’s the hunter in me.

I spend a lot of time with my new family. I love my new mommy, too. She likes to go for walks with me. She gives me hugs every morning: one when I wake up and one every night before I go to sleep. What great parents I have!

I like to go for long runs with Officer Adam. I also like it when he gets down on the ground and wrestles with me. He always gets tired before I do. I love to chase my tail for hours and bark at my reflection in the mirror … every single time that I see it.

Source: CIA


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