A police dog in Australia has a new job thanks to his overwhelmingly polite demeanor. As it turns out, Gavel was a bit too friendly to be a police dog. Queensland government officials say the German Shepherd was way more interested in being “social.” Police were quoted as saying he lacked the “aptitude” to catch criminals.
Perhaps Gavel just needed a different calling. So he unfortunately lost his opportunity to be a police dog. He was trained from his puppy years to be the dog who fought crime. Gavel just didn’t seem to get that he was supposed to be more bite than bark.
Fortunately, those who knew Gavel fell in love with his big heart.
Gavel has now been relegated to a different position. He will greet visitors in Queensland at as a very polished professional. The one time police dog will say hello to people who visit the government house in Queensland.
Gavel is now called the VRD of Queensland. That means Vice-Regal Dog.
The irony of Gavel’s move into the government home might be that he has a strong line of police dogs in his family. Gavel had a great pedigree but that didn’t mean much. His training at the police dog academy didn’t muster much of a crime fighter.
The one time police dog will face his senior years as the pup who welcomes visitors in in Queensland. Gavel will get to attend various events with the Governor with his new found duties. It’s quite possible the German Shepherd could still remember his bloodline should he ever be needed.