Giro the Nazi Dog review (Aug 2013)
This is out-of-date! I have been here again since I wrote this review
Whilst I was waiting for my tour time at Clarence House today, I thought I'd pay my respects to a little doggy who got fried to a crisp -- Giro the Nazi Dog. What do you mean you've never heard of him? I thought Britain was supposed to be a nation of animal lovers!
You can find his little headstone at the foot of a big tree in Carlton House Terrace (close to The Mall). All you've got to do is find the Duke of York's Column and look right at the top of the steps -- then you will see where the poor little fella was laid to rest. It's quite a nice spot actually, in a nice shady place under the tree. He's got the Gentleman's Clubs along Pall Mall to the left, and the grand monuments of Regent Street straight ahead. If you or I wanted to buried in a place like that it would probably set us back about a billion quid. But because he was a cute little doggy he got buried for free!
Giro was the German Ambassador's dog and died in 1934 when he bit into a power cable. Apparently the soppy old Ambassador loved him so much that he got special leave for a burial near his official residence. The inscription says "Giro, ein treuer Begleiter!" but I haven't got a clue what that means.
The little mutt has come to be known as Giro the Nazi Dog, but seeing as the Ambassador was openly opposed to Hitler and the Third Reich that name is probably a little unfair. But who cares... it's a good name. Rest in peace little doggy.
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