The 2010 recipient of the “world's tallest dog” title for the Guinness World Records, Giant George, has died. The Great Dane was 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder, and he died just before his eighth birthday. George's owner, David Nasser, talked with ABC News on Oct. 25 about the loss of his beloved pet.
Giant George passed away on Oct. 17 “peacefully surrounded by loved ones,” according to the former world's tallest dog's Facebook page. While initially Nasser couldn't talk about the loss of Giant George, he is now opening up about all the love and support his family is getting from fans.
Nasser says that the first post on the Facebook page noting Giant George's death got 13,000 comments. He says that it helped his family realize “George wasn't only important to me, but other people as well.” He encourages people to volunteer or donate to their local shelters or charities “Just in the spirit of George to continue his good will.”
Will the Nasser family look toward getting another dog now? Not yet, Giant George's human dad said. Nasser says they need some time to mourn the loss of the Great Dane, but maybe they'll reconsider in six or 12 months. The world's tallest dog may be gone, but his legacy lives on. Those who want to honor this beloved dog can check out the details of the Giant George Service Day to see how they might be able to take part in the big event.