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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  • 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
          • falco_lombardi
            falco_lombardiWednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00 am
            Dogs are SUPER SUPER cute. 'Nuff said.
            • meowpower
              meowpowerSunday, January 26, 2020 at 4:11 pm
              no dog should be fired because it's friendly
              • catcutey
                catcuteyMonday, March 16, 2020 at 12:48 pm
                I agree. But if you do press👍 and if you want to follow us
              • 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! 😮😟🐕💔
                • detroitlions
                  detroitlionsWednesday, March 4, 2020 at 4:44 pm
                  Thank you at least some gets the idea
                • frostfur_182
                  frostfur_182Tuesday, 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