Once a police dog dropout, Gavel the German shepherd now spends his days welcoming visitors to Government House.
The pooch was fostered out to the Paddington residence of Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey in April last year while he participated in a training program at the police dog academy.
Unfortunately life as a police dog was not to be after trainers ruled Gavel too sociable for the frontline.
Government House staff, left wondering what to do with the dog that had won everyone’s heart, decided to give Gavel a job at the property.
In February this year, he was named Queensland’s first official vice-regal dog.
Gavel now gets to flaunt his social prowess across a range of duties including welcoming tour groups, attending functions with the Governor and Mrs de Jersey and attending formal ceremonies.
He also makes time to sneak through many cuddles with the staff at the property and enjoys exploring Fernberg’s 10 hectares of native bushland.
He is often …