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Police K9 dropped from training for being too nice gets prestigious new job


K9 candidate scores prestigious gig after trainers determine he’s just too nice

He may not have the intestinal fortitude to bring down the bad guy, but that’s not holding K9 “Gavel” back from being man’s best friend.

According to The Telegraph, the problem was, Gavel was too sociable. He loved meeting strangers and would much rather play with someone than help bring them to justice.

It seemed like Gavel would end up in the unemployment line, but as The Telegraph reports, as one door closes another opens — and Gavel was offered a new job working for the Governor of Queensland, where he holds the official title Vice-Regal Dog.

Instead of chasing criminals, Gavel’s responsibilities include greeting visitors to Queensland’s Government House and attending official functions with Governor Paul de Jersey.

A spokesman for the Office of the Governor, reports The Telegraph, told the Brisbane Times Gavel is a “valued and much-loved” part of Government House life.

“Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” the spokesman said. He continued, “Gavel has also demonstrated his capacity to uphold the ceremonial importance of his role at State of Origin time.”

Gavel’s not a puppy anymore, and has grown to be an impressive young dog.

“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change, 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,” according to the spokesman.

The governor is happy to have such a fine representative in the Government House.

“We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time into the future,” the Governor told 7 News Brisbane.

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