He wasn’t cut out for the police force, but his friendliness got him new work in politics.
Gavel, a German Shepherd, was booted from the police dog academy in Australia because he was too friendly.
Police said Gavel often greeted strangers and “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” according to BBC.
But he found a new home with the Governor of Queensland, where he was previously fostered as a puppy before heading to the academy.
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Gavel arrived at the home of Gov. Paul de Jersey last April, when he was just 6 weeks old.
At the time, police had great expectations for the German Shepherd.
“Gavel comes from a long line of pedigree . . . if the family bloodline is anything to go by, in 16 months Gavel will be tracking and catching criminals as a proud member of the Queensland Dog Squad!” a police statement at the time said, according to BBC.
The aspiring K-9 cadet couldn’t live up to his family reputation, however.
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What he lacked in police gruffness, he made up for in political savvy.
He hung up his police coat and was reposted to the Goverment House in Queensland earlier this year, tasked with greeting guests and tour groups.
“Gavel’s new full title is ‘Gavel VRD’ (‘Vice-Regal Dog), and he will now wear a specially-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,” reads a February statement from the Queensland governor’s office.
Indeed, the pooch is seen in multiple photos sporting his custom coat or a scarf of the local rugby team.
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A spokesman for de Jersey told the Brisbane Times that Gavel was a “valued and much-loved” part of the governor’s house.
“Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” he said.
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