Not everybody is cut out for a job in the CIA, but there’s certainly no shame in trying!
Unfortunately, Lulu the Labrador had to figure this out the hard way when she went all the way through her training with the elite intelligence agency, only to discover she had another passion she had to follow: squirrels.
Lulu, like many other dogs in her field, was training with the CIA in hopes of learning how to detect bomb odors.
While the powerful position is an admirable path to take, there was always something missing in Lulu’s life—and her superior officers knew what that was right away.
More than anything, Lulu wanted a family.
In an eye-opening blog post, the CIA admitted that it’s perfectly normal for puppies in training to lose interest in their duties at times:
There can be a million reasons why a particular dog has a bad day, and the trainers become doggy psychologists trying to figure out what will help the dog come out of its funk.
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.
In Lulu’s case, however, it became clear very quickly that a life of sniffing out bombs was simply not her destiny.
For some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary.
Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives.
Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.
The good news is you don’t have to feel bad for Lulu! She’s now happily at home with her brand new family, chasing squirrels and birds like no other.
Aside from playing with her new family’s children all day, Lulu now has a sibling, a Labrador named Harry, to pal around with whenever she’s looking to have some fun.
At the end of the day, the CIA says Lulu’s happiness and wellbeing were more important than having her fight crime with them.
“We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!” the agency said on Twitter.