The famous, statuesque Great Dane, Giant George, peacefully crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday, October 17th, one month before he turned eight. Most Great Danes live to be about 10; some even live to be 12 to 13, so George was a great loss for many people for many reasons!
The dog was unique and hard to forget simply because he was a monument; standing 3’7” tall, paw to shoulder and nearly seven feet long. Unlike the bulk of the Mastiff, his Group mate, this Great Dane had a longer, narrower head – more in the shape of a Hound’s. George’s gray-blue color was regal indeed and when he stood erect, he commanded the crowds with his sheer size and perfection although he was a gentle giant and loved by all.
Typically, Great Dane males stand between 30 to 34 inches and weigh anywhere from 120 to 200 pounds. George was quite a prize due to his sheer size alone!
Evidently, this fine specimen of a dog began life as the runt of the litter, however. It is a bit hard to believe, but good food and lots of love help dogs to grow big and strong. George is proof positive of this!
George’s family, Dave and Christie Nasser, were such great dog lovers that they wanted others to feel the love that they received from their George so they wanted to help other dogs locate their forever home. They did so by donating a percentage of their Giant George merchandise to various animal charities. In 2011 they even donated about $500 to a Japanese animal shelter after the earthquake and tsunami hit the country.
The dog showed off for the world that the Nassers shared him with by loving to play. He liked people although had many other fears; otherwise he was big and powerful. It is delightful to realize that George was scared of dogs that were much smaller than he was, water and his greatest fear was to be left alone. Danes are courageous and loyal and George proved this simply by loving to be with his family.
His memory will remain as he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest dog to date. He will also be remembered by all that adored him, especially Dave and Christie.
It is a shame that the world is now without the beautiful George, but he will not be forgotten for a very long time to come!