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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Gavel, the German shepherd pup fostered out to Government House while preparing to become a police dog, has hung up his Queensland Police Service coat for the last time and commenced official duties on Tuesday in a newly created position as the Governor’s Vice-Regal Dog.

Gavel arrived at Government House as a six-week old in April last year, where he has since resided while undergoing a training and socialisation program.

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Like many dogs aspiring to join the QPS Dog Squad, Gavel did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line, and will instead spend his working days at Fernberg, where he has become a valued and much-loved part of Government House life.

Gavel’s first official duty in the newly created Vice-Regal Dog position was to greet guests attending Tuesday's Citizenship Ceremony at Government House, where 24 people from 13 countries took the pledge to become Australian citizens.

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Gavel’s other duties going forward will include welcoming tour groups, attending functions with the Governor and Mrs de Jersey, and attending formal ceremonies.

Gavel’s new full title is ‘Gavel VRD’ (‘Vice-Regal Dog), and he will now wear a specially-made Government House coat, emblazoned with the Governor’s Personal Standard, the St Edward’s Crown and the brolga, the official bird emblem of Queensland.