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Adorable police dog loses its job for being too friendly

There is something to be said for having a job, and doing it well. A certain satisfaction is well earned after a hard day's slog, and knowing that you have completed a task to a high standard is in itself a reward. It is a fact, though, that people are simply better at some jobs than others. You would be foolish, for example, to ask an actor to take a look at your computer; sure it might be an entertaining few minutes, but the likelihood of your desktop being fixed would appear regrettably slim. Though environmental circumstances undoubtedly play their part, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses; our job in life is merely to put our skills to the best possible use ... even if you're a cop dog trained to sniff out drugs for example.

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When you happen to be human, there are a myriad of different trades that you can ply, the possibilities are, in that sense, endless, even if the absurdly competitive and over saturated job market makes actually landing a position something akin to a nightmare. For dogs, though, the path to employment is decidedly narrower. For Gavel, possibly the most endearing police dog of all time, it was simply a case of wrong dog, wrong job.

Sadly for Gavel, though it provides him with a glowing character reference as an all round great guy, he is simply far too nice and friendly to be a member of the Queensland Police Service in Australia, and so the one-year-old pup recently lost his position there.

In fact, Gavel was such a loveable chap, that he failed to pass his police dog training programme, largely due to his incredibly sociable nature. Before you get all dewy eyed and concerned about Gavel's fate, though, you will be pleased to know that the pup has already landed himself a new gig, and it sounds like his dream job. Instead of protecting and serving as a cop dog, he'll welcoming visitors to Brisbane's Government House as Governor Paul de Jersey's official Vice-Regal Dog. Now that's an impressive job title.

A Queensland Government House spokesman described Gavel's story thus;

"Gavel arrived at Government House in April last year as a six-week-old puppy. It was intended that he would undergo a training and socialisation programme preparing to become a Queensland Police Service Dog. But like many aspiring QPS Dogs, Gavel did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line. Not all dogs display this, and Gavel proved himself to be quite sociable. He is better suited to life as a ceremonial dog and will instead now spend his working days at Fernberg, where he has become a much-loved part of Government House life."

Though Gavel came from a family of QPS dogs, he simply didn't have the correct temperament for the job, but staff couldn't bear to lose him for good, and so created the ceremonial position to make sure he could stay. It's safe to say he has taken to the new role with typical exuberance, and looks to be a huge hit. His official duties as Vice-Regal Dog include welcoming guests to the building and attending ceremonies. I'd say he was made for it; better than being a cop dog anyway, and a hell of a lot better than being a street dog ... unless he's part of the packs of super-smart Russian dogs, who are capable of navigating Moscow's subway system.

  • Aug
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  • Christian Smith