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.
CIA K9 HALL of FAME
BREED: Labrador retriever
SPECIALTY: explosive detection
They’ve called me “Whisper” since I was in school. I was very quiet when I first started training. At Explosive Detection School, my teacher told me to speak up and not whisper all the time.
I took that advice and pretty soon I was one of the loudest dogs in the class. Everyone thought it was funny to call me Whisper then. I finished at the top of my class in detecting explosives. I can find 19,000 different types of explosives.
My partner, Officer Ron, laughed when he heard my name because I’m pretty loud these days. Officer Ron says he can always tell where I am when I’m with the other corps members, not just because I’m the only yellow Labrador, but because of my loud voice.
Officer Ron and I have placed in the top five in several national and regional competitions. We’re really good in the detection tests. That’s one time I get quiet and let my nose do all the work … well, until I find something. Then I let everybody know! No more whispering for me.
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