CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Mark 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, 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: Mark

BREED: Belgian malinois

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: Netherlands


Hello, my name is Mark. I am a Belgian Malinois. I was born in the Netherlands on May 21, 2000. In the Netherlands, I was trained to be an attack dog. When I was 2 ½, I moved to America to work as a bomb dog with the Central Intelligence Agency. How exciting!

At the CIA, I met my partner, K-9 Officer Mike. We instantly became best buddies! Together we learned how to sniff out and find bombs. (Well, I’m the one finding them. Officer Mike just tags along to reward me with my toy when I do a good job.)

After a hard days work, Officer Mike and I head home. I like to go on long walks with Officer Mike through the neighborhood. It’s cool because some of the kids forget to pick up their toys.  I’m always on the hunt for tennis balls to add to my ever-growing toy collection. A dog can never have too many toys! Toward the end of the day, Officer Mike serves me dinner, which is followed up by my favorite treat, a “Snausage.” Things at home will be very exciting and crazy as my momma, Officer Mike’s wife, is going to have a baby girl soon! I’m excited for the new addition to my family.

I will always do my best to protect my family and the people of the CIA.

Source: CIA


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