A sweet dog named Gavel recently received some devastatingly bad news: he was fired from his job. The German shepherd was most recently employed by the Queensland Police Service in Brisbane, located in an eastern region of Australia. The dog underwent a full sixteen months of police dog training with the police service for a variety of tasks he needed to master in order to be certified. He was instructed to help catch criminals and even detect explosives for the police officers to help maintain law and order. It seems he was not all that great at this particular job, however.
Rather than maintaining the serious and business like façade required by the police dog job, he was far more interested in interactions with every human he encountered. You see, Gavel just loves belly rubs, cuddles, and being scratched behind the ears by people. So much so, police officers grew concerned that the dog might not be cut out for police dog work.
It was then decided that Gavel the dog was going to be fired from his position with the Queensland Police Service. Thankfully he has landed on all four paws with a job much better suited to his personality and demeanor. As luck would have it, Gavel was living at the Queensland governor’s residence while he was going through his police training. After it was decided he was not cut out for police dog work, Governor Paul de Jersey decided to make him a part of his family.
Best of all, joining the governor’s family meant that Gavel also got a great new job. Gavel the dog was awarded the very prestigious title of Vice-Regal Dog by the governor. His new job means he is in charge of attending official ceremonies and welcoming visitors. With his love of people and winning personality, Gavel is said to be excelling in his new job!