An aspiring police dog fired for being ‘too friendly’ is thriving in his new job as a greeter at the Governor’s House in Queensland, Australia.
Gravel, a German shepherd, joined the Queensland police force when he was just a puppy. Officers had high hopes for the pup.
“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!” police wrote in a press release last year.
But apparently Gravel’s sociable nature wasn’t well suited for police work and was later dismissed. Luckily, he landed a job with the Governor of Queensland as official Vice-Regal Dog.
“He may have missed out on becoming a Queensland Police Service Dog, but it is abundantly clear that Gavel has the characteristics necessary to adequately fulfil [sic] duties as Queensland’s official Vice-Regal Dog.” Gov. Paul de Jersey wrote on Facebook.
Photos on Instagram show Gravel thriving in his new work environment, happily greeting guests with a wagging tail.
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Exciting news! Gavel will be residing at #Fernberg on a permanent basis. It was always going to be somewhat difficult for Gavel to transition from life at Government House to Queensland Police Service working dog, and yesterday he hung up his QPS coat for the last time to take up a permanent role in the newly created 'Vice-Regal Dog' position @qpsmedia #Gavel #workingdog #viceregaldog #qps #police