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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  • cute_raindrop
    cute_raindrop11 months
    awww, so cuuuuute!
    • puppysarecute
      puppysarecuteabout 1 year
      awwso cute
      • lilb2645
        lilb2645over 1 year
        Awwwww, so cute😍
        • kittyluvskookie
          kittyluvskookieover 1 year
          sooo cute!
          • kittiesmama
            kittiesmamaover 1 year
            Baby is so nice and cute!
            • reapuu
              reapuuover 1 year
              I guess the police were sort of right to fire him (even though I wouldn’t have) because it could become a serious problem when Gavel is sent to take care of a robber and ends up being too nice to the robber, and then the robber escapes. But I am really glad that Gavel found a brilliant home and job.
              • corgiqueen
                corgiqueenover 1 year
                This is so sad, and so cute, and so awesome all at the same time!! At first I was upset 'cause they fired him for being to nice. Then I was like, Gavel is so cute!! And the fact that he gets to receive belly rubs as a job is just awesome!! I love puppies!!!!!
                • jablovesfacts
                  jablovesfactsover 1 year
                  • grimzoire
                    grimzoireover 1 year
                    they fire him so he is safe from criminals cause since he is cute and friendly he deserves a better job since he is very welcoming dog!!! 😊
                  • niner_boy971
                    niner_boy971over 1 year
                    how dare they fire just a little cute pup like him how sad
                    • wolfy_blue
                      wolfy_blueover 1 year
                      He's adorable! why would they fire him?