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?
  2. Why was there little doubt he would succeed?

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  • Jacob FernandoSunday, November 19, 2017 at 8:28 am
    God bless Gavel. HE was a adorable, brave and smart and he even signed a contract.
    • livlovesdogs
      livlovesdogsSaturday, November 18, 2017 at 6:26 am
      poor thing! I feel bad! 😢 thank goodness he lives in a good home!
      • .Room 113Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
        I would ❤️ to have a 🐶 like that. Not to be rude to other 🐶
        • .Room 113Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm
          I'm so 😡 they fired him
          • .Room 113Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:59 am
            It's sad they fired him but he lives in a awesome home now. Now he's lucky
            • .Room 113Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:58 am
              He's adorable I want him😍
              • cool kidFriday, November 17, 2017 at 6:54 am
                • i have no nameFriday, November 17, 2017 at 6:50 am
                  i have like 5-6 dogs
                  • pinkaholic
                    pinkaholicFriday, November 17, 2017 at 6:40 am
                    I feel so bad for him.. maybe he can be a therapy dog or something.
                    • joaquinThursday, November 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm
                      that dog is so cute

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