Lulu the Black Lab Failed Out of CIA School Because She 'Wasn't Interested in Detecting Explosive Odors'

Lulu the Black Lab Failed Out of CIA School Because She ‘Wasn’t Interested in Detecting Explosive Odors’

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My black lab is about as timid and cuddly as they come. My husband originally got her so he’d always have someone to accompany him on his duck hunts, but we quickly realized she wasn’t “cut out” for early mornings, being in the cold, or being around loud noises. Needless to say, she certainly wouldn’t be cut out for the CIA, and apparently, neither was Lulu.

The CIA, as in, the government intelligence agency that takes care of our national security, put out a “pupdate” this week about one of the K-9’s who had been dropped from training.


“For our K9 trainers, it’s imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing. Sometimes, even when a pup tests well and they successfully learn how to detect explosive odors, they make it clear that being an explosive detection K9 is not the life for them. Such is the case for one of the fall 2017 ‘puppy class’ pups,” reads the statement. “We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program.”

The CIA put out a series of Tweets, explaining, “Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives. Even when motivated with food and play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself.”

Fair enough, Lulu.

But, fear not! Any pup who can’t quite make it through training has the chance to be adopted by their handlers, which Lulu (of course) was. Now, she’ll be able to spend her days sniffing out rabbits and chasing squirrels, but she’ll always have her memories of almost making it into the CIA.

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