CIA K9 HALL of FAME: Tiwaz the German Shepherd

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: Tiwaz

BREED: German shepherd

SPECIALTY: undisclosed

BIRTHPLACE: undisclosed


I’m Tiwaz, and I’m the oldest member of the CIA K-9 Corps. I’ve been at the CIA for six years. I’m 8 years old, the same age as Gerro. Everybody thinks I’m older than Gerro. But that’s only because I’m a black German shepherd and my gray hairs show up more.

I have traveled all over the world in my job with Officer Dave. I love to go wherever they need me. I just wish the planes flew a little slower and lower so I could hang my head out the window. These days I stick closer to the CIA headquarters to help train the new dogs. Officer Dave always reminds me that I have to be a role model for the younger dogs. If you have a younger brother or sister, you probably know how that feels. They look at you to see how you do things and how you act.

I’m retiring soon, and Officer Dave says I’ll get a gold bone. But what I really want is to make sure all the “pups” carry on the great traditions of our K-9 Corps.

Source: CIA


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