G - German Shepherd, Great Dane, Greyhound.
We met Axel as an Alsatian under 'A' and here he is again.
|Axel - German Shepherd (Alsatian)|
I mentioned then that German Shepherds were in demand as police dogs. They are also used as guard dogs at many military establishments.
|MOD Guard Service Dog Handler|
at Army Air Force station at Middle Wallop
(Open Government Licence v1.0 - source http://www.defenceimagery.mod.up)
In my North Yorkshire village a German Shepherd, called Kaiser has to do as it is told.
|By Marley, a Great Dane|
I've known Marley from when he barely came up to my knee, Now he is as tall as my waist; he is really gentle and will pose properly for his photo, not at all jealous of Kaiser.
|Marley and Kaiser|
You don't have to be a Manchester United football fan to have heard of Peter Schmeichel, goalkeeper at the heart of many of their spectacular successes. It case you didn't know, his nickname was "Great Dane."
Another great Dane in the literary field was Hans Christian Andersen. His fairy tale "The Tinderbox"was about a soldier who acquired a magic tinderbox capable of summoning three powerful dogs to do his bidding. Unfortunately the tale does not tell us what breed they were.
If like me you are fan of cartoons. then you will know that Scooby-Doo was based on a Great Dane by his creator.
A Great Dane was the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy during WWII, It served at the RN shore establishment at Simonstown in South Africa from 1939-1944. It had a memorable name and was honoured by a memorial statue.
|Just Nuisance's statue erected at Simonstown in 1985|
(Artist Jean Doyle - photo by Jon Plowman - CC BY-SA 3.0)
When it comes to racing Mick the Miller (1926-1939) was the world's most famous greyhound. Somehow I don't think that Sapphire, owned by J K Rowling, will receive an accolade like that. For a greyhound depicted as a statue you may have to travel to the Isle of Wight off England's south coast. There you will find EOS the dog once owned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert..
|EOS statue - Terrace Gardens, Osborne House, IOW|
(By Chris Newman, 30 Apr 2008 - Geograph Project Collection - CC BY-SA 2.0)
It's unlikely that my local greyhound will have a statue either, A rescued greyhound she is very much alive.
|In her winter coat.|