Name: K-9 “Kurt”
Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Discipline: Single Purpose Explosives Detection
Breed: Labrador Retriever mix
Date of Birth: May 17th, 2004
End Of Watch: January 7th, 2018
Formal Schooling and Certifications: K-9 Kurt was paired with his handler at the eight week ATF Explosives Detection Course in Front Royal, Virginia in the fall of 2006. Kurt certified on ATF operational searches as well National Odor Recognition Test. Kurt was additionally certified through the International Police Work Dog Association which was conducted by the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department.
Additional Information: K-9 Kurt and his litter of eight pups were originally bred and raised to be service dogs in the spring of 2004. As a puppy Kurt was soon selected to become part of The Seeing Eye program in Morristown, New Jersey as a guide dog for the blind. At some point early in his Seeing Eye career it became apparent that Kurt was better suited for detection work and was sent to the ATF K-9 Training Center in Front Royal, Virginia.
In the fall of 2006 Kurt was paired with his handler, a federal police officer who worked in downtown Washington, DC. Upon graduation from ATF K-9 training Kurt and his handler began working at the FBI Hoover Building searching deliveries, vehicles, unattended packages and assisting in search warrants. One of the highlights of Kurt’s first few years working was being at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Pennsylvania Ave. Kurt also assisted members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Violent Crimes Task Force. Kurt and his handler soon became involved in many aspects of police/community relations and he enjoyed meeting the public on a daily basis.
Kurt excelled at his work and interacting with people and was soon known as a representative of his agency throughout the DC area. He would pose for photos with people from all over the world and his handler would talk to tourists on the streets of DC about police officers and the work that K-9s do. Kurt and his handler conducted many demonstrations for the public at various events and were featured in a Washington Post photo spread. His handler took great pride in representing his agency and the police K-9 community and wrote a children’s book in 2010 about a fictional police K-9 called “Hoover the FBI Dog”. Kurt continued to serve and worked the 2013 Presidential Inauguration until he retired in 2014. At home he enjoyed simply being a regular dog. He loved playing in the yard, swimming, and lounging around after a great career. In his last year, Kurt needed to be on some very expensive prescription wet food so that he could eat, which Project K-9 Hero gladly paid for in full until he passed away in January of 2018. Project K-9 Hero also covered all of Kurt’s final vet bills, cremation, and memorial for the family that loved him so much. Shortly after Kurt’s passing, Project K-9 Hero presented his family with this beautiful custom portrait of him at his beloved FBI Hoover Building where he enjoyed working at everyday.