There are other matters of consequence going on in the world. But in these strange times, a series of puppy photos sent by Central Intelligence Agency shared by thousands of people was not a usual incident.
Lulu, a black Labrador retriever and free spirit, bucked expectations and flunked out of the C.I.A.’s explosive detection “puppy class.”
“A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” read a statement on the C.I.A. website. “Usually it lasts for a day, maybe two.”
Because dogs can detect about 19,000 explosive scents, the C.I.A.’s prospective bomb sniffers face a six-week, seven-days-a-week training course in which they learn to identify threats. The dogs then undergo one-on-one training for 10 weeks with their handlers.
On Thursday, the C.I.A. barely relaxed its typically tight-lipped stance to relay a few words about its infamous dropout. Lulu, the agency wrote, was a year and a half old, came to the C.I.A. from Susquehanna Service Dogs, was the smallest of six dogs in her class and was being trained for the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.
Although intriguing life was not in Lulu’s professional future, she was still afforded the sort of professional courtesy that most two-legged members of society can only dream to receive from their human resources departments.
A “doggy psychologist” was brought in to assess the situation. Extra breaks, treats and rest were provided. But at the end, she was fired!
This was clearly not the life plan Lulu had envisioned for herself, and this is fine. Lucky for her, Lulu soon had a new home. She was adopted by her handler now she spends her searching for rabbits and hanging out with another dog, Harry.