A few weeks into her training, Lulu began to exhibit signs of disaffection with detecting explosive odors.
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.
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. It might last one or two days, but with Lulu, her trainers found that it was much more than temporary.
"Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives", the blog wrote.
"Our trainers' top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely hard decision to do what's best for Lulu and drop her from the program". Sure enough, Lulu's handler made a decision to adopt her and make her a part of his family, which included another dog. And that's exactly what happened in the case of Lulu, who now appears to be living her best life frolicking with her handler's children, "sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard", and whiling away the hours with "Harry", who appears to be another black Lab. Fortunately, her handler adopted her and she's now living her best life in the safety of a family home.
Lulu's replacement will join Suni, Heide, Freya, Nicola and Indigo on the training programme. Judging by the tweeted story and the press release (yes, a full press release) the agency released about Lulu, everything ended happily for all parties involved.
Lulu was the smallest member of the all-female class that started training earlier this month.