CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Harrington 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: Harrington

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: New York, United States


Hello, my name is Harrington. I am a chocolate Lab. I was born on April 24, 2006, in a prison in New York. A group of prisoners raised me in a program called Puppies Behind Bars. In the program, I learned how to behave, how to search for my toys, how to sit, and lay down.

When I was 10 months old, I was picked to come to the CIA to be a member of the K-9 unit. When I first met my partner, K-9 Officer Paul, we hit it off from the start. Training to find explosives was a lot like finding my toy. When I find it, I sit. The training started out simple and got harder and harder as the training went on.

When I first went home with my partner, I got to meet my new family and some new friends. The first friend I met was Maggie; she used to work with Officer Paul. Then I met his two cats, Smokie and Jerry. They swat at my tail and ignore me most of the time. Then I met my Officer Paul’s wife and his two sons.

I love to be at home with my family. I play hide and seek with the boys or with Maggie. And every now and then, if I am good, my mom will give me and Maggie treats, so I always keep an eye on her.

What we do is very important. If you see us working, ask our human partners if it’s OK before you come pet us and say “hi.”

Source: CIA


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