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


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.

Photo Credit: Governor of Queenland/Instagram

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).

Photo Credit: Governor of Queensland/Instagram

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!

Photo Credit: Government House Queensland/Facebook

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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  • galaxystars123
    galaxystars123Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:05 am
    W.O.W! who would want 2 fire this puppy?! follow if u think so 2!
    • animereina2020
      animereina2020Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:22 am
      I am happy that Gavel gotten a better job❤ I think friendly dogs are cool😊 I think it was just cruel to fire a dog just because it was friendly. I understand that they wanted a dog that could chase after criminals... but still. Gavel has his own destiny to fulfill💕🐕
      • bsc
        bscThursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:51 am
        Aw! SOO cute!!!
        • meisdancer
          meisdancerThursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:22 am
          I love dogs! I'm fuming that the police fired him but he got another job as a VRD.
          • zu0113
            zu0113Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:12 am
            I am so mad at the police who fired him! Friendly dogs are awesome!
            • paris_lover15
              paris_lover15Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:44 pm
              thats sad
              • sophie16
                sophie16Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:05 pm
                I am angry at the police people that fired him. Follow me if you agree.
                • ocean-man
                  ocean-manWednesday, February 26, 2020 at 4:08 pm
                  Can I hire this dog to become my dog
                  • little_angel27
                    little_angel27Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:12 am
                    The sign is a pawprint!!
                  • rap_hiphop_jazz
                    rap_hiphop_jazzThursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:57 am
                    This dog is sooooooooooooooo cute like who would fire a dog for being friendly🐕🐾🐾
                    • ethangamertvfan
                      ethangamertvfanTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm
                      Yeah I get he is supposed to fight crime but he is a friendly dog and no one should judge a dog for being friendly and besides he is soooooooo cute who can resist his cuteness
                      • yeety
                        yeetyFriday, February 28, 2020 at 8:49 am
                        they fired him for being friendly because he needed to fight crime