CIA K9 Officer Osman 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 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: Osman

BREED: Labrador retriever

SPECIALTY: explosive detection

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


Hi, my name is Osman. I am a yellow Lab and my birthday is June 24, 2008. I know I look big, but I am still a puppy. When I was born, I didn’t realize that I would end up having the greatest job in the world! I’m an Explosives Detection K-9 for the CIA. I am very happy with my new partner, K-9 Sergeant Thomas. He has a great family and I love my new sisters and brother.

When I was really young, I went to school at the Seeing Eye Foundation to learn how to help visually impaired people get around. What my teachers didn’t know was that I have a very high energy level. I love to run and play. When I met Sergeant Thomas, we went through 10 weeks of very hard training so I could learn how to detect explosives.

He took me home to meet my new family and we immediately bonded with each other. Now I have a daddy (Sergeant Thomas), a mommy, three sisters, and a baby brother. We have a full house! Oh, I almost forgot, I also have new dog friends, Bonja and Reilly. Bonja, a German shepherd, is Sergeant Thomas’ retired Explosives Detection K-9 who he worked with before me. Reilly, a beagle, is just the old family pet. We all love to run and play in our backyard together.

If you see me working, please say “hi.” I love to meet new people and make new friends.

Source: CIA


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