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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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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  • redflaming2535
    redflaming2535Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:55 am
    I agree
    • addygobye123
      addygobye123Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:27 pm
      You had no right to fire him!He was only a pup! I am glad he got a better job and they didn't FIRE HIM!!!
      • samanthaFriday, April 20, 2018 at 9:54 am
        i like this video
        • samanthaFriday, April 20, 2018 at 9:54 am
          i like this video
          • hiFriday, April 20, 2018 at 9:06 am
            I hope he is up for adopshin
            • KeithThursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:55 am
              So sad I almost cried
              • KeithThursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:49 am
                Sadnesss what you say
                • logang
                  logangWednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:59 am
                  i like dog
                  • faithMonday, April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm
                    yes lover girl
                    • faithMonday, April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm
                      so sad