Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Dog the Size of a Volkswagen

"Giant George - Life with the World's Biggest Dog" by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee   Grand Central Publishing   255 pages   $24.99

George is a six year old Great Dane.  He's seven feet long, 43 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds.  The Guinness World Records lists him as both the world's tallest dog ever and world's tallest living dog. 

In photos with owners Christi and Dave Nasser, the dog dwarfs them.  His front legs are so long that his favorite sitting position is:  butt on the sofa or chair or golf cart, back legs folded under and front paws on the floor supporting his not inconsiderable weight. 

By all accounts, Great Danes as a breed are uniformly gentle - given thenormal size of these dogs, what do they have to prove anyhow?  George hates water and fears dogs that are a lot smaller than he is!

When the Nassers got him in November, 2006, he was a puppy of 17 lbs.  From that to 245 is an incredible weight gain (he eats 110 lbs. of food per month.)  His "deposits" (four or five pounds) are handled with a snow shovel!

Despite appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show, a YouTube video with more than 2.5 million hits, 75,000 fans on Facebook and another 2,500 on Twitter (how the hell does a dog twitter,) George is primarily a beloved family pet.

It's so nice to see that stardom hasn't changed his great disposition or personality.  A lot of people could learn from this dog! 

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