CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Maggie 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: Maggie

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


My name is Maggie and I was the first female K-9 Corps officer.

I’m a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever and I’ve worked here for four years. Have you met my brother, Dallas? And have you met Whisper, the only other girl in the corps? Things were a little strange when I first got here since I was so young (I was only 1) and since I was the only girl. The other dogs teased me at first and said I couldn’t do the job as well as them.

But when Officer Paul and I trained in bomb-sniffing, we were the best in our class. All the other dogs saw how well I could do the job and they’ve been my friends ever since. Officer Paul and I have had some really exciting assignments. I really can’t talk about all of them, but if you’re ever at our headquarters, I’ll try to dig up some of the files and we can bone up on them.

My favorite thing to do away from work is play with Officer Paul’s two boys. We play tag and hide and seek. I’m really good at hide and seek. On weekends, I love to watch “Cops” on TV, especially when they have dogs on the show. My other favorite show is “Lassie.” Now that was a lady that could get the job done, too.

Source: CIA


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