Lulu the CIA bomb-sniffing dog has been fired

Some people just aren’t cut out for the realities of a high-pressure work environment — and it would seem the same goes for dogs. 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. A CIA blog post said that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.” The post went on to say that the mental and physical wellbeing of the sniffer dogs is the CIA’s priority, so they “made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”

… But it is not all bad news, as handlers have the option to adopt dogs who are dropped. Lulu now has a new home, and spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels.


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