When it comes to the qualities of a good police dog, we must mention their intelligence, aggression, strength and flair. They are specially trained to assist police and other law enforcement personnel. For that reason, if the dog is too cute and sociable, he is just not for this type of work.
Meet Gavel, a cute German Shepherd who was fired from his k-9 job for being too friendly. Yes, instead of sniffing explosives or dealing with suspects for the Queensland Police Department in Brisbane, Eastern Australia, Gavel was more interested in getting a belly tickles and cuddles from strangers.
Gavel was originally trained at the police dog academy, but ended up being a doggy dropout because he was too friendly and did not have the “necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” according to the BBC.
Gavel’s trainers realized that the puppy would not be able to continue to be a police dog, so they decided to exclude him from the training program. But luckily, he was not on the street. Thanks to his beautiful and great personality, he didn’t have to spend a lot of time on a new job and a home forever.
Gov. Paul de Jersey adopted Gavel and gave him a better job working for the Governor of Queensland, where he holds the official title Vice-Regal Dog.
“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change (his official title is now Gavel VRD, ‘Vice-Regal Dog’), and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate,” the office of Governor Paul de Jersey told BBC News.
Gavel even had to sign a contract that says his tasks include welcoming guests and attending official ceremonies. Of course, sometimes he forgets all the requirements for his position, but he still does it well.
A spokesman for the Governor’s Office said Gavel had become a “valued and loved” part of life in the Government House.
“Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” he said. “He has also demonstrated his capacity to uphold the ceremonial importance of his role at State of Origin time.”
The governor’s office can’t get enough of Gavel’s cuteness, so they started sharing many photos of his best moments on social media. After seeing the photos, we are happy to know that Gavel can now do what he knows best: show a happy face and officially welcome new visitors.