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

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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!

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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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  1. What was Gavel going to be being trained to do?
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  • spykitten
    spykittenWednesday, June 20, 2018 at 9:45 am
    That is sad. I feel bad for the dog.
    • pubgTuesday, June 12, 2018 at 8:14 am
      they put a go pro on the dog
      • BeckyTuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11:13 am
        OMG so right war machin the dog was like SOO awesome oh ma gawd!
        • XavierMonday, June 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm
          I love dogs😃😂
          • Hermione 123Monday, June 4, 2018 at 8:35 am
            i know right
            • war machineMonday, June 4, 2018 at 7:20 am
              I feel so bad for that dog i would never treat him that bad and he is very cute so i would not mind taking care of that poor puppy.
              • ?????/Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:46 pm
                i feil sodap for the dog
                • patrickman
                  patrickmanWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:11 am
                  cool video
                  • savage_joe
                    savage_joeWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:08 am
                    i feel bad for the dog
                    • pixiedoodle
                      pixiedoodleWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:05 am
                      That is so cool, and adorable to the extreme😃😍
                      • savage_joe
                        savage_joeWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:08 am
                        not cool he lost his job

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