It's been a doozy of a news week, so please enjoy these pictures of the CIA's new K9 class celebrating their graduation from dog school.
The CIA has been providing periodic "pupdates" on the dogs during their four months of training, including the bittersweet news of recruit Lulu failing out of the program.
But now, the dogs have graduated, so let's celebrate before the real work begins.
The Recruit(s): K9 Graduation Dayhttps://t.co/6QFTLvYXLc— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017
After 4 months of intense training for our newest #CIAK9 recruits, all of the hard work finally paid off as the CIA Fall 2017 “Puppy Class” officially graduated! pic.twitter.com/HbBz6da9UD
To graduate, pups & handlers had to pass 2 national certification tests: one administered by the @ATFHQ & another by United States Police Canine Association (#USPCAk9). The tests are the gold standard for explosive detection dog certification. pic.twitter.com/s8kJ6LkAhF— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017
But good news--the dogs passed. Freya was awarded the "Top Dog Award" for her near-perfect score on the exam.
CIA K9s Nicole, Indigo, & Freya all passed their certification tests!— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017
Freya & her handler were awarded class’s “Top Dog Award” for scoring 298.68 out of 300 points on her #USPCAk9 test.
Heide, who belongs to @fredcova Fire Marshal in Virginia, aced her certifications as well. pic.twitter.com/21N86kMfnE
Even Harry, who replaced Lulu, was able to catch up and graduate on time. Good boy!
Harry—who joined in week 5 after Lulu left program—had a lot of catching up to do to graduate. We’re thrilled to report he passed all his certification tests & graduated w the class! Harry, who shares a home w his buddy Lulu, is a proud member of @fairfaxpolice. pic.twitter.com/GgnXtcNZwv— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017
Unfortunately, one dog--Suni--was unable to graduate as her handler was unable to finish the program. But there's a happy ending--Suni was adopted by the people who raised her as a puppy, who are thrilled to have her in their home.
Suni’s family who raised her until she was 1 ½ asked to adopt her if she didn’t complete our program. She is now w her original family, who were thrilled to get her back! We miss the smart, silly, sassy Lab, but are so happy that she gets to live in such a wonderful, loving home. pic.twitter.com/BwaqMeSU9t— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017
Now that the new puppies have graduated, that means their older counterparts will retire. The retired K9 dogs were all adopted by their handlers.
And if you need any more dog pictures/brain bleach from this garbage news week, you can find that here:
We hope you have enjoyed following our good dogs through their training this fall, if you have missed any “tails” in our #CIAK9 series, you can play catch up here:https://t.co/e5EZqBYbkA pic.twitter.com/phqTvJh3iz— CIA (@CIA) December 8, 2017