A few weeks into her training, Lulu began to exhibit signs of disaffection with detecting explosive odors. What was first believed to be a case of a "bad day at the office" proved, however, to be a lasting lack of interest, which in the long run gave her a new lease on life.
According to the CIA, there can be a million reasons why a particular dog lacks the commitment to live the life of a terrorist-thwarting intelligence agent.
"Sometimes the pup is bored and just needs extra playtime or more challenges, sometimes the dog need a little break, and sometimes it's a minor medical condition like a food allergy requiring switching to a different kibble. After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA explained on its webpage.
In Lulu's case, however, it soon became apparent that the issue was not temporary. Lulu displayed a general disregard for whatever was being taught and showed no interest in searching for explosives.
We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
"Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer," the CIA wrote.
Out of concern for the physical and mental well-being of the dog, Lulu was dropped from the program and will be replaced by a more driven four-legged colleague.
Whenever a dog drops out or retires from the K9 program, the handler or their family is given the chance to adopt them. This is exactly what happened in the case of Lulu, who was adopted by her handler.
Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX
"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," the CIA wrote.
Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
The story of Lulu, narrated as a series of tweets, was followed by a horde of users, who excelled in matching wits with their amusing comments.
Maybe Lulu wants to be an actress.— Amanda Mason (@amandammason) October 19, 2017