This police dog was fired from his job for an adorable reason

This is Gavel, a German Shepherd who was recruited as a puppy to train as a police dog – but ended up getting the sack.

Unfortunately, Gavel was found to be not up to the task. As the police put it, he “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.”

The problem was, Gavel was too sociable. He loved meeting strangers, and would much rather play with someone than help arrest them.

And so, after months of training, his career in law enforcement was over.

However, 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.

Gavel in his new jobGavel in his new job

His duties include 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 told the Brisbane Times Gavel had become a “valued and much-loved” part of Government House life.

“Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” he said.

“Gavel has also demonstrated his capacity to uphold the ceremonial importance of his role at State of Origin time.”

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“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.”

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

Confused dog barks at the strange man in his garden… before he realises it’s actually his owner who’s lost 51lb after five weeks in hospital

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A man’s best friend may be his dog – but after this pooch’s owner had a prolonged stay in hospital, it took a while to sniff him out, even though he was only metres away.

The reason for Willie the dog’s confusion? His master had lost so much weight that he didn’t recognise him.

Shane Godfrey, from Sanford, North Carolina, was hospitalised for five weeks due to complications resulting from flu, and nearly lost his life.

Mr Godfrey, of Sanford, North Carolina, had been hospitalised for five weeks due to complications resulting from flu

During that time, he lost more thanĀ  50lb – and when he arrived home, his canine buddy started to bound across the lawn to greet him, as seen in this heartwarming video footage.

But suddenly unsure of who the thinner man was, Willie began to bark as he cautiously approached the ‘stranger’.

Once within smelling distance, however, the pooch realised who it was, danced around in circles and went into extreme tail-wag/owner-lick mode.

‘At first he was unsure and barked at me but once he got close enough to smell me, he recognised me immediately and totally went wild with excitement,’ Godfrey told Fox 31 Denver.

Godfrey, who has had Willie for around a year, after he turned up on his front porch, said: ‘It still makes me tear up when I see the video.

‘He won’t leave my side now that I’ve gotten back home.’

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Elderly Couple Refuses To Leave Dogs Behind During Flash Flood [Video]

Dramatic video footage has been released showing a Joso City couple and their two dogs rescued from a rooftop by helicopter after vast swathes of eastern Japan suffered under heavy flooding.

The couple and their canines were just some of the many Joso city residents rescued by Japan’s Self-Defence Force (SDF) on 10 September after freak torrential rain caused the Kinugawa River to burst its banks and inundate the area.

Rescuers winched down from a helicopter to lift up the woman and a dog, and then subsequently, the man and the remaining dog, as water gushed through and around their house.

Record-breaking rain prompted authorities to issue “rare weather warnings” for 5 million people in a wide swathe of eastern Japan, with a further 800,000 people advised to evacuate.

Some areas received more than twice their usual monthly September rain in just 48 hours by Thursday, after Tropical Storm Etau cut across the main island of Honshu on 9 September. Rainfall reached 600mm (24 inches) in one part of Ibaraki prefecture, where Joso is located.

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People wait to be rescued from the roof of their homeJiji Press/AFP

Japan’s NHK said two people are missing in the floods. Rescuers were looking for a 63-year old woman after a landslide hit her home early on Thursday, and a man in his 70s, believed to be trapped in his house as it was swept away.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “The government will work as one to prioritize the safety of the people and do our best to prevent any further disaster.”

Japan has worked to improve its disaster response measures in the wake of the country’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami which left 20,000 dead. The massive tremors precipitated the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the effects of which continue more than four years later.

The Japan Meterological Agency warned of more rainfall of at least 200mm in parts of eastern Japan. The rain is predicted to stop on 11 September.

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Obese mother from Illinois who was too ashamed to look in the mirror reveals how she shed 155lbs in less than a YEAR

An obese mother who was too ashamed to look in the mirror has revealed how she shed nearly half her body weight in a bid to fit back into her wedding dress in time for her tenth anniversary.
Rachelle Hosick, from Vandalia, Illinois, was 19 when she tied the knot in April 2007, going on a rigorous crash diet at the time in order to squeeze herself into the size 0 gown she had bought.
But after slimming down for that happy day, Rachelle’s weight continued to fluctuate over the years and at her heaviest she tipped the scales at 292lbs. So, last year the mother-of-two, now 30, made the decision to turn her life around, losing an astonishing 155lbs in less than a year.

 

Transformation: Mother-of-two Rachelle Hosick, pictured before, decided to lose weight in February last year after struggling with her size for decadesShe shed 155lbs and was able to slip into her US size zero wedding dress in time for her tenth anniversary in April this year

After transforming her diet and her lifestyle, Rachelle was celebrate her anniversary by wearing her wedding dress for the first time since the big day, easily slipping her 141lbs frame into the stunning gown.
‘Losing weight has completely changed my life,’ Rachelle said of her transformation.’ I used to be so ashamed of the way I looked and honestly, I felt like I was an embarrassment to my family.
‘Now it is the complete opposite. My confidence is through the roof. I used to avoid going to baseball games or concerts because I couldn’t fit in the seats. Now I fit with room to spare.
‘I feel so much better. I love feeling strong. I love being confident. I love being able to go out in public and not feel like people are staring at me because of my size. I even own a full-length mirror now.’
Rachelle, a teacher’s assistant, described how she was overweight as a child and struggled with the issue into adulthood.

Unhealthy diet: Rachelle explained that she started her weight loss journey by throwing away all the junk food in her home

‘In Illinois, you’re required to have a check-up upon entering ninth grade. At that check-up, my weight was such an issue, my doctor wanted me to see a nutritionist,’ she explained.
So Rachelle began working with the nutritionist in order to get herself back to a healthy weight, taking up physical exercise as a means of trimming down and getting fit.
‘I got involved in our high school tennis team and eventually was at a healthy weight,’ she added.

Embarrassed: The Illinois native admits that she was too ashamed to look in the mirror when she was at her heaviest

Good example: Rachelle, pictured with her family before her weight loss, wanted to teach her children healthy habits
‘I met my [now] husband and we decided to get married. When my wedding dress came in, it was too small. So, I went on a crash diet to make it fit.
‘Then once our wedding day was over, it was like a free-for-all eating-wise; I didn’t have to worry about starving myself to fit into a dress anymore, so I could eat whatever I wanted.’
In February 2016, after slumping into her over-sized recliner with a plate full of pizza rolls, it suddenly dawned on her that she had to make a change and she started by throwing away all the junk food she had at home.

Confident: Rachelle said her husband is now married to a

Personal journey: The mother-of-two shows he she now has extra room in her old clothes

‘I was sick of missing out on doing things my husband and kids due to my size and health,’ she said. ‘I was sick of feeling bad all the time.
‘I was sick of all the aches and pains I had. I was just plain sick and was ready to finally make a change and be a good example for my kids.’
Rachelle also joined the Beachbody community, an online network of fitness coaches who help people stay motivated in improving their lifestyle and health.
She said: ‘The hardest part was just deciding to finally start. I didn’t have to spend hours in a gym or feel deprived. I get to achieve amazing results just by working out in my son’s tiny little room.’
Now Rachelle helps others as a coach and said her family and friends have been astonished by her transformation.
‘I’ve had multiple people tell me that they didn’t recognise me. They have even made the comment that they thought my husband got himself a different wife.
‘In a sense, he did. He got a better version of the old me.’

source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Officer Ambushed by 3 Armed Men. He Pressed the Button to Release His K9. All Hell Broke Loose

Police officer ‘dragged into the woods to be killed by three men’ saved when his K-9 chases after him and sends the attackers running

A police officer who was dragged into the woods by three attackers was saved thanks to his trusty dog.

Deputy Todd Frazier of Long Beach, Mississippi, a K-9 officer, pulled over last Monday night to check on a car when he noticed that the man in the front seat appeared to be passed out and the lights were off.

That is when two men appeared nearby and distracted him as the driver got out and ambushed him. All three men dragged Frazier into the nearby woods.

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Attacked: Deputy Todd Frazier (above) of Long Beach, Mississippi, pulled over last Monday night to check on a car with the driver passed out in the front seat and was suddenly dragged off into the woods to be killed
Attacked: Deputy Todd Frazier of Long Beach, Mississippi, pulled over last Monday night to check on a car with the driver passed out in the front seat and was suddenly dragged off into the woods to be killed

‘They told him they were going to slit his throat, and they were dragging him toward the woods,’ Chief Deputy Don Bass said according to The Clarion-Ledger.

He said the men then planned on dumping the body after killing him.

When asked if the incident might have something to do with recent gangs stating they would attack any police officers they encountered on sight, Bass said: ‘At this point in time I don’t care.’

K-9 Lucas

Regardless of their motivation, the men were quickly foiled when Frazier managed to unlock the back doors of his squad car using a pop mechanism that he activated on his key chain.

That sent Lucas, Frazier’s police dog, running after his owner and the men.

The dog bit at least one of the attackers before they ran off, jumping into the Town Car Frazier first stopped to inspect and speeding away from the scene.

Frazier suffered a two-and-a-half-inch cut to his forehead from what a doctor believes was a box cutter and multiple other bodily injuries.

He was taken to a local hospital and released.

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Man’s best friend: Frazier is pictured with his K-9 Lucas in this 2012 snap during a search-and-rescue operation

 

Bass later conceded the incident may have to do with gangs in the area.

‘We’ve been stressing this for months and months now. It’s no different from last week. We get a BOLO (be-on-the-lookout) from the state alerting us that the Black Gangster Disciples have put out an SOS, or Shoot on Sight, for police officers,’ he said.

‘For a couple of months we’ve been preaching safety because we knew our location between New Orleans and on the I-10 corridor… it’s going to happen here.’

The three suspects remain at large.

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