If you want to be a police dog, you’ve gotta be a bit tough. Gavel, a German Shepherd from Queensland, Australia, isn’t.
He was ruled too sociable for the frontline by police trainers, and was let go from the training program while he was being fostered at the official residence of the Queensland governor.
Left wondering what to do with the pooch, staff decided to give him a new job as a vice-regal dog, which was made official in February this year.
“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 the BBC.
Gavel now spends his time attending functions and welcoming guests to Queensland’s Government House, sporting his very own official ceremonial coat bearing the state’s coat of arms.
And also generally being a good boy.