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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.

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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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