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

By Sona Dolasia on July 2, 2017

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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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Reading Comprehension (7 questions)

  1. What was Gavel going to be being trained to do?
  2. Why was there little doubt he would succeed?

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Why is being friendly not a good quality for a police dog?

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“But as it turned out, Gavel was destined for bigger things.”

In the above sentence, the word destined most likely means:

(a) predetermined to be or do something.


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  • FarisSunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:26 am
    I feel bad for him
    • FarisSunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:24 am
      That's not nice
      • RayanSunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:55 am
        I wish I could have him I feel bad😭😭🐶
        • polarbearguy146
          polarbearguy146Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm
          so sad
          • DarciSaturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm
            Poor doggy🐕🐶🐩
            • extrememsb
              extrememsbSaturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm
              I don't like that they fired that dog but I'm glad that the dog got something else to do!
              • nickSaturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:17 am
                england is my city
                • ocean loverSaturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:13 am
                  This is horrible firing a dog for being to friendly WOW
                  • raebae
                    raebaeFriday, July 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm
                    poor thing
                    • clay12
                      clay12Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:35 am
                      that dog is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Cute!!!!!!! I wish that they would keep the dog on the police job though :(

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