K9 units — they should be sharp, intelligent, strong, aggressive and possess a great sense of smell. Not all dogs qualify for the job, especially one who’s just too friendly to carry out a task.
An adorable German Shepherd in Australia named Gavel was fired from his job as a police dog. The life of crime-fighting just doesn’t suit him. He’d undergone training for months at the police dog academy but he got dropped out because he doesn’t have “the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” the BBC reports.
Gavel would rather have his belly rubbed and receive cuddles from strangers rather than sniffing out explosives and taking down suspects. His trainers had tried to keep his position in the force and let him extend his time in the training program in hopes that he would outgrow his playful behavior. However, it just didn’t work out for Gavel. In February, the academy had to dismiss him after having him for 16 months.
But that doesn’t mean Gavel doesn’t have a use for his friendly temperament. His new job? The vice-regal dog of Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey.
“He may have missed out on becoming a Queensland police service dog, but it is abundantly clear that Gavel has the characteristics necessary to adequately fulfill duties as Queensland’s official vice-regal dog,” de Jersey wrote on Facebook.
The life of a vice-regal dog is what’s best for Gavel. His duties include attending official ceremonies and welcoming visitors.