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).

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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!

Resources: telegraph.co.uk,travelandleisure.com, smh.com.au

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  • mugzee
    mugzeeSunday, December 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    That poor dog 🐶 He was fired just because he was to friendly you don't get that every day you know
    • Ingleside Middle SchoolFriday, December 8, 2017 at 11:48 am
      I love dogs I have a dog he is a German shepherd he is so cute!!!!!!!!
      • lFriday, December 8, 2017 at 10:06 am
        This dog is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • shark queenFriday, December 8, 2017 at 9:48 am
          omg im going to die from to much cuteness ahhhhh
          • a random personFriday, December 8, 2017 at 8:45 am
            it kinda makes since i mean people get sad if they get fired i get why you feel bad but still they couldn't keep a friendly dog to catch criminals
            • 4 grader girlFriday, December 8, 2017 at 8:42 am
              that is so mean just because he is to freindly dose not mean you have to fire him
              • Ian Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:24 am
                I don't he got to be a vice regal dog which is better
                • Slime queenThursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm
                  I feel so bad for him😢
                  • Pokémon masterWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:51 am
                    He so cute ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
                    • 🐕💕❤♥♥💙💜Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:46 am
                      I have a dog like that it is a pitbull mix