Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Bomb-sniffing Central Intelligence Agency dog dropped from program after 'no longer interested'

Lula sniffer dog CIA Lulu lost interest in her training to sniff out explosives Credit CIA
Howard Terry | 20 October, 2017, 00:31

Lulu the labrador's handler had high hopes of her becoming the CIA's latest bomb-sniffing talent, but it was not meant to be.

'Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn't for them, ' read the first post in the CIA's Twitter thread on Wednesday.

Lulu, described in her Central Intelligence Agency profile as being a "hyper and silly" black Lab with an "easygoing sweetness", started "to show signs that she wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors" not long after she started training.

"But for some dogs like Lulu, it becomes clear the issue isn't temporary".

Employees at the training facility had tried to figure out why Lulu had stopped performing, as some dogs do lose interest in their training.

Lulu was being trained for a police department in Virginia, the Huffington Post reported.

Instead, she'll be living with her handler, who chose to adopt her even though she won't be sniffing out bombs.

Luckily, Lulu was adopted by her handler and seems to be thriving at her new home where she has a new dog friend and gets to play with kids and chase squirrels all day.

Lulu's replacement will join Suni, Heide, Freya, Nicola and Indigo on the training programme.

Lulu's adventures in training were documented along with the rest of the CIA's "Fall '17 Puppy Class" on the agency's website. After becoming a K9 dropout, Lulu returned to enjoy a more peaceful live as a civilian.

It is not all bad news for Lulu though, as the photogenic black labrador was adopted by her handler and is now a lady of leisure. We wish her all the best in her new life. Now she spends her days "sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard".

The CIA is announcing Friday the newest addition to the fall 2017 puppy class, with the hopes of a ideal match.

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