QUEENSLAND, Australia (CBS4) – A dog who flunked out of police academy for “being too sociable” has found a new home with the provincial governor.
“Gavel” liked to meet strangers instead of tackling criminals. Police in Australia felt the German Shepherd “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.”
While the dog was being fostered at his residence, Queensland’s governor Paul de Jersey gave his furry friend a new job.
“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 the Governor said.
Gavel got his promotion in February, after a trial as a ceremonial participant.
Citizens are told that for what he lacks in crime-fighting skills, he makes up for in his official duties of welcoming guests and tours to the governor’s residence.
Gavel also has a role in special state ceremonies. He has a custom-made uniform emblazoned with the state emblems of Queensland.
“We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time into the future,” Governor de Jersey told 7 News Brisbane.