The world’s tallest dog, Giant George, died at home at the age of seven. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones; one month before his eighth birthday.” According to an Oct. 25, 2013, Today report, when Giant George, the world’s tallest dog, was born, he was the runt of the litter, the outcast who “was off to the side, not playing with the others.”
Giant George, who grew up to be the world’s tallest dog, was anything but a celebrity when Dave and Christine Nasser first laid eyes on him. He was born into a litter of 13 and an outsider. But for Dave and Christine it was love at first sight.
Giant George held the world’s tallest dog Guinness Book record from 2010 to 2012 with a height of three feet and seven inches. While Giant George had already been a local celebrity before 2010, gaining the title of being the world’s tallest dog brought a new-found fame with international interviews, fan mail from around the world, his own website, and his own Facebook page.
Besides living a celebrity life as the world’s tallest dog, Giant George spent his life with the one thing that matters most – love.
Until his death on Oct. 18, Giant Georg was able to enjoy his “dog” life with his owners, Dave and Christine Nasser in Tuscon in Arizona. To Dave, Christine, and their two-year-old and four-year-old kids, the world’s tallest dog “was just plain old George, their beloved family pet.”
Like most other dogs, the world's tallest dog loved to play. At the age of five months, Giant George was doing what most puppies do, chasing his tail, playing games of fetch and tug-of-war, and eating. Unlike other dogs, though, the world's tallest dog got too big to sleep in a regular-sized dog bed and got his own queen-sized mattress.
The description of Dave Nasser’s 2012 book, “Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog,” tells more about the life of Giant George with his family.
“With his big blue eyes and soulful expression, George was the irresistible runt of the litter. But Dave and Christie Nasser's ‘baby’ ended up being almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. Eager to play, and boisterous to the point of causing chaos, this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone. … In 2010, George was named by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog in the World-ever. He appeared on Oprah, and even has his own global fan club. But to Dave and Christie, this extraordinary animal is still their beloved pet, the one who has made them laugh, made them cry, and continues to make them incredibly happy.”
Looking back at his life with the world’s tallest dog, Dave Nasser, who works in real estate, recalls that Giant George’s massive size did sometimes cause some surprisingly funny problems around the house. “His tail — one time he put a dent in the drywall just by wagging it,” Dave Nasser laughs. “Yet he was also delicate and gentle. The kids could be around and you were never worried.”
Most of all, Dave Nasser recalls what not only the world’s tallest dog but most Danes and other dogs need. "Danes do not do well separated from their families. They want to hang out, be with you, spend time with you, be part of the family. They just want to feel included in everything.”
The death of Giant George, the world’s tallest dog, is not only leaving a “giant” whole in Dave and Christine’s heart but also in the heart of the many fans whose life Giant George had touched.
“Since announcing George’s death on October 18, his owners have been bereft. But Dave has found comfort by going online and interacting with the fans around the world who had come to love the three-foot, seven-inch-tall dog.”
In honor of the world’s tallest dog, Dave Nasser is continuing Giant George’s World's Biggest Dog's Facebook page. Touched by the warm and kind Facebook responses and in order to honor Giant George's legacy, Dave is organizing a National Giant George Service Day on November 17. “That day, he’s encouraging all of George’s fans to donate money or volunteer with their favorite animal-related charity.”