The BBC News reports that a German Shepherd puppy named Gavel flunked out of the police dog academy in Queensland, Australia, for being too “sociable”.
When the pup first arrived at the academy in 2016, a press release from police said: “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!”
Alas, that was not to be.
Queensland police sadly concluded that Gavel “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line” because he liked to meet strangers instead of tackling hardened criminals.
Luckily, Gavel had been fostered in the official residence of Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey since the pup was six weeks old. So in February 2017, the governor assigned Gavel to a brand new job as a “ceremonial participant” with the title, Gavel VRD: Vice Regal Dog.
As Vice Regal Dog, Gavel’s job is to welcome guests and tour groups to the grounds of Queensland’s Government House, as well as partake in special ceremonial occasions. The job comes with a custom-made uniform featuring the state emblems of Queensland.
Governor Paul de Jersey’s office said Gavel “has outgrown four ceremonial coats . . . 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. We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time into the future.”