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However, despite putting his best paw forward after several weeks in training, Gavel failed to “display the necessary aptitude” required of his role.
Fortunately, Gavel charmed his way into the hearts of the Government House’s staff and residents, especially that of Governor Paul de Jersey.
The Governor decided to keep him as his Vice-Regal dog, a position created just for the lovable pup. His duties now include greeting guests, “welcoming tour groups, attending functions with the Governor and Mrs. de Jersey, and attending formal ceremonies.”
Gavel now gets to do what he does best, which is bringing “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.”
The gentle German Shepherd comes in a line of pets in the Government House that include a kangaroo, a cassowary, and other dogs such as an Irish Terrier named Torrocks, a chow named Ting Gow, and a Scottish terrier named Bousquir, and one named Soda.
He also has a new coat “emblazoned with the Governor’s Personal Standard, the St. Edward’s Crown and the brolga, the official bird emblem of Queensland” to match his title.