German Shepherd Flunks Police Academy, Lands Cushy New Job

What happens when a pup preps for police duty but isn’t a good fit? This German Shepherd pup may not have been the right stuff for the K9 unit, but he’s found himself a new official gig!


Gavel, a German Shepherd police dog candidate in Brisbane, Australia, was just a bit too friendly when it came to meeting strangers. Officials said that Gavel just didn’t fit the description of a dog who’d fit in well on the front line of police work, and was honorably discharged from the program.

Conveniently, Gavel had been fostered in a most prestigious residence while in the training program–the official home of the Governor of Queensland, Governor Paul de Jersey. His ‘foster father’ decided he’d be better suited with a bit more of a regal official position–that of Vice-Regal Dog, in fact.


De Jersey shared on his Facebook page that while he may not have been what the Queensland Police were looking for, he most certainly was the right [s]man[/s] dog for the position of Vice-Regal Dog. Gavel will be responsible for welcoming visitors and tour groups to the Queensland Government House.


The Office of the Governor says that Gavel has brought so much joy to the governor and his wife, as well as the House Staff and the thousands of visitors who have come and met the effervescent pup.


Gavel is often part of official ceremonies, and has a custom-made uniform for such occasions. That said, Governor de Jersey and his wife feel he is part of their family, and hope that he’s with them for a long time.





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