Once upon a time a German Shepherd named Gavel joined the Queensland Police Service in Brisbane, Australia. Gavel was supposed to complete a 16-month training program to get the bad guys but Gavel didn’t really like chasing crooks.

Gavel said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”


He much preferred cuddling strangers. So, one day, Gavel’s handlers decided that he was just too friendly for the force; they cut him from the program early.


Gavel was relieved but also worried that he’d no longer serve a purpose—he questioned his life decisions and wished he’d taken the police force seriously. Fortunately, because he was a good pup, Gavel landed firmly on his paws.

The Governor of Queensland loved him as much as he loved belly tickles, so Gov. Paul de Jersey decided to keep Gavel forever and dub him Vice-Regal Dog.


“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 #maroontothebone,” the governor posted to Facebook. He’d been taking care of Gavel since he was a 10-week-old puppy just starting training, and he didn’t want to let him go.

Gavel became a permanent part of the family and now his only duties are to welcome visitors, attend official ceremonies and live his best life happily ever after.

The end.