An adorable black lab is officially unemployed after her handlers at the Central Intelligence Agency who were training her to detect explosive odors determined that she simply was “not enjoying herself.”
The CIA announced in a press release that Lulu, a year-and-a-half-old bundle of cuteness, was doing just fine at her job but had also made it clear that her heart wasn’t in it.
“A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive orders,” the press release read. “All dogs, just like most human students, have good days and bad days when learning something new. The same is true during our puppy classes.”
Many dogs that go on to graduate from the course and excel at their jobs go through phases of being utterly disinterested in sniffing out explosive odors. Those periods usually only last for a day or two before their trainers are able to snap them out of it.
“But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary. Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for,” the CIA said. “Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.”
“Our trainers’ top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”
Fortunately for Lulu, life is only looking up for her post-retirement – and who wouldn’t want to retire before they’re two years old?
“Lulu was adopted by her loving handler, who had the chance to work with her during imprint training,” the CIA said. “She now enjoys her days playing with his kids, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard, and eating meals and snacks out of a dog dish.”
“We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her. We wish her all the best in her new life.”