Giro The Ambassador's Dog

Giro
@Ronrybs (7084)
London, England
August 27, 2016 10:14am CST
Not far from Trafalgar Square is Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrance. Next to No. 9, the former German Embassy, is a small gravestone for Giro, the so called Nazi dog. Giro died in 1934 after chewing through an electrical cable and was buried in the garden of the Embassy. His owner was Leopold Von Hoesch, the German Ambassador, who took residence in 1932. Von Hoesch, A cultured and urbane man, was an excellent English speaker and popular in London. With the Nazi seizure of power in Germany in 1933, Hoesch's job became very difficult and he died, in 1936, of a stroke possibly brought on by the strain of maintaining Anglo-German relations. He was given a 'Nazi funeral' with a 19 gun salute and a procession in London before being taken by destroyer to German where he was totally ignored by the Nazis, demonstrating the antipathy held for each other. In the mid 1960s while work was being done at No. 9 the gravestone for Giro was found and placed next to a tree beside the house, where it remains to this day. Sometime in the 1990s the little wood and plastic house appeared, protecting the stone from the elements. Giro is known as the Nazi dog, but he is really a dog of the Weimar Republic. The inscription reads 'A Faithful Companion' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyeD7lv6xpk
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@zarlamain (23642)
• United States
27 Aug 16
Seems like a very smart dog!
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@Ronrybs (7084)
• London, England
27 Aug 16
If only he'd didn't chew things!
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@zarlamain (23642)
• United States
28 Aug 16
@Ronrybs So cute!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Aug 16
Oh the man obviously loved his dog. It is definitely a piece of history to be preserved and the little house over it shows that.
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@Ronrybs (7084)
• London, England
27 Aug 16
It is one of those things where if you don't know it is there you probably won't spot it
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@teamfreak16 (32019)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug 16
And a cool name for a dog!
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@Ronrybs (7084)
• London, England
27 Aug 16
I think it was prononuced 'Jeer-o', but I may well be wrong
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@LadyDuck (109431)
• Switzerland
2 Sep 16
Giro was surely a better companion than those who took eopold Von Hoesch to Germany.
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@Ronrybs (7084)
• London, England
2 Sep 16
True, the world was in a change for the worst
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@LadyDuck (109431)
• Switzerland
2 Sep 16
@Ronrybs And it seems that it never recovered.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21013)
• United States
1 Sep 16
Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us.
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@marlina (57236)
• Canada
29 Aug 16
Interesting story.
@Susan2015 (17630)
• United States
28 Aug 16
It's good that his place is being taken care of.