CIA K9 Officer Lyric the Golden 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 has launched a series of stories about some of the most courageous dogs in the world: CIA K9 officers.

Check out of pages of active CIA K9 officers and those dogs who have been enshrined in the CIA 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 Officer

NAME: Lyric

BREED: Golden retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: Morristown, New Jersey, United States


Hi there, my name is Lyric. I’m a golden retriever and the first of my kind to be a member of the Central Intelligence Agency K-9 Corps. I weigh 50 pounds and I was born on February 4, 2008, in Morristown, New Jersey.

Before I was given the chance to be a part of the K-9 Corps, I was being trained as a guide dog for the blind. To be honest with you, I found that too slow and there were just too many rules. So, one day I was given the chance to show a few people what kind of dog I was, and boy, did I shine.

After enduring several months of training at the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) center where I learned to identify different explosive odors, I was introduced to CIA K-9 Officer Chris. From that moment on, I knew that he was more than the guy who would feed me when I found explosives, he was my partner and my best friend.

After we finished our training, Officer Chris took me home to meet my new brother, Remington. He’s a black Lab. Remington and I love chasing each other around the backyard and inside the house. After a long day at work, Officer Chris and I go home and relax in front of the TV. What a life!

If you ever see me working, please ask Officer Chris if it’s OK before you come pet me and say “hi.”

Source: CIA


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