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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  • isie_12
    isie_12Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Aww, that's a cute dog. 😘 but that is a very mean way to "fire" a dog! Like really?! It's just a dog! Give it some respect! 😮😟🐕💔
    • lpscollie01
      lpscollie01Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm
      Aww poor pup got fired but at least he has a home
      • taya Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm
        cute puppy
        • Rebel45 Monday, November 4, 2019 at 5:08 am
          I like how this dog is so friendly
          • jWednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:27 am
            wow so cute
            • nataleigh245668Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:11 am
              Dogs can be good pets
              • YYYThursday, October 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm
                It is soooooo cute!!!!
                • lohytamo-157175820661
                  lohytamo-157175820661Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:31 am
                  soo cute i hope he is happy with his new faimly
                  • puppypalace
                    puppypalaceThursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:54 pm
                    That puppy i s adorable
                    • silv3rWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:17 am
                      really not a good reason to get fired, I hope he has a good life and is a pet of a loving family.