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.

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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).

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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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  • broedel
    broedelabout 2 months
    A random German Shepard saved my life from 3 coyotes So we took him in and named him cash luv u boy
  • jump
    jump4 months
    it was heart breaking and they are awful to fire him train him for search and rescue!!
    • connie12
      connie124 months
      That's mean that they fired him!!
      • connie12
        connie124 months
        That dog is SO CUTE!!!!!!!
        • cr3757
          cr37575 months
          So cute💜💖
          • freerangekid
            freerangekid5 months
            I have a 2Year old German shepherd
            • techfashion0315
              Aww, so cute!
              • minecrafter68
                that was to cruel but sooo cute you cant denie
                • cute_raindrop
                  awww, so cuuuuute!
                  • puppysarecute
                    awwso cute