Adorable Pooch Fired From Police Force For Being Too Friendly Lands A Better Job


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Photo Credit: Governor of Queenland/Instagram

When six-week-old Gavel arrived at the Government House, the official residence of the Governor of Queensland, in April 2016, everyone thought it would be for just a short period. The adorable purebred German Shepherd was, after all, being trained to become a Queensland Police Service (QPS) dog to help officials chase down criminals. Given that five members of his extended family are currently in the force, there was little doubt of his success.

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However, just weeks into the puppy’s 16-week-long training, the enforcement agency decided he was too sociable to be a crime fighter and “fired” him. But as it turned out, Gavel was destined for bigger things. For when Paul de Jersey, the governor of Queensland, heard about the situation, he instantly “hired” the friendly pup to be the state’s first Vice-Regal dog (VRD).

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The newly created position, for which Gavel had to sign a special contract, is perfect for the friendly dog. His duties include welcoming tour groups and hobnobbing with famous guests alongside the governor and his wife at official functions. When on duty, the VRD sports a custom-made Government House coat emblazoned with the Governor's Personal Standard, the St Edward's Crown, and the brolga, the official bird emblem of Queensland!

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During his free time, Gavel, whose tale has gone viral on social media, solicits belly rubs from adoring staff members and explores the Government House’s 10 acres of bushland! Sounds like the perfect dog’s life to us!


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  • niner_boy971
    niner_boy971Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6:01 am
    how dare they fire just a little cute pup like him how sad
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandThursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:26 am
      He's adorable! why would they fire him?
      • cupcakekitty8
        cupcakekitty8Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:34 am
        Omg so cute! And so heartwarming!!
        • jklm
          jklmTuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:03 am
          so sad
          • kittylover111
            kittylover111Friday, February 5, 2021 at 6:53 am
            So cute, I love doggies and kitties!
          • bluepug1014
            bluepug1014Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:48 am
            he is so cute I would never fire I would keep him CAUSE hes friendly but it is good he found someplace better and now he's respected !!!
            • cupcakekitty8
              cupcakekitty8Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:35 am
              I know right!
            • warriorcatskid
              warriorcatskidTuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:40 am
              He is so cute! I would love to have him! Follow me if you would to!
              • snowy_starzz
                snowy_starzzTuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:56 am
                He finally found his happy place! This world needs people just like this dog! Born nice and sweet!
                • jel
                  jelMonday, February 1, 2021 at 5:10 am
                  Aww I would have trained him to be bad
                  • pinklilcow
                    pinklilcowFriday, January 22, 2021 at 4:47 am
                    How dare they fire least he got a new job.
                    • sydney_zepp
                      sydney_zeppFriday, January 22, 2021 at 8:56 am
                      A more safe one too!