Gavel the puppy was facing a tough change when he flunked out of police dog academy for being too sociable.
Instead of tackling hardened criminals, the German shepherd pup liked to meet strangers, and police in Australia felt he “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line”.
Luckily, he had been fostered at the official residence of the Queensland governor since he was six weeks old.
So the governor gave his four-legged friend a brand new job.
“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 said.
A year after the puppy first arrived, staff shared Gavel’s story and photos on social media.
Gavel’s promotion came …
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