Australian K-9 rejected from police academy gets job with governor
Police said Gavel "did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line"
By Police1 Staff
QUEENSLAND, Australia — A K-9 deemed too sociable for the police force has found a job with the governor.
Police said Gavel “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” the BBC reported.
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey began fostering Gavel at six weeks old and decided to give him the job of official dog of the governor’s residence.
He welcomes guests and tour groups to the grounds and participates in special ceremonial occasions, complete with a uniform featuring Queensland state emblems.
"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 governor's office said. “We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time.”