The world has lost one of its sweetest giants. Giant George, who was confirmed to be the world’s tallest by Guinness World Records, has died. It was one month before his eighth birthday. So sadly his family has quite a bit more space in the Nasser household now.
Tributes from across the world have been flooding in for the dog, after his death was broadcast on Facebook.
His owners, David and Christine Nasser, also put the sad announcement on the dog’s website . They stated it was with heavy hearts that they announced Giant George had passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. He died peacefully encircled around by many loved ones. The family also said that they appreciated all the support and love they had gotten for Giant George over the last few years.
George was 3 feet, 7 inches measured from his shoulder to his paw and he was about seven feet long. All that came to a soaring height of 43 inches when he stood on his two back legs. He weighed 245 pounds and towered over most other living things that he came into contact with. When he was measured as being almost five foot tall, the Gunniess record holder weighed about 100lb more than the average Dane. He was a giant in more than just physique.
The dog had been on television many times and was known for being on Good Morning America. George also appeared on Oprah, the Today Show and Live With Regis and Kelly. He had become a media sensation after the Records group gave him the tallest dog title. He was also the reason the book Giant George: Life With the World’s Biggest Dog, was penned by his owner.
The Great Dane was born the runt of the litter. But he was always wanting to play, this big dog was frightened of water, spooked of dogs that were just a fraction of his height and most of all he hated being alone.
The owners gave a proportion of Giant George retail items to different animal charities and in 2011, they contributed over $500 to a Japanese animal shelter after the country was extremely hard hit by both an earthquake and then a major tsunami.
Family, friends and fans all have put up condolences on George’s Facebook page.
His family stated that they looked forward to honoring his spirit by continuing all of his charitable works.
The giant dog, which had been with the Nassers since he was only seven weeks old, has already started to receive a number of tributes from his fans on his Facebook page.
One fan put, Thank you to the Nasser family for sharing Giant George with the world. He will be missed.
To honor the gentle giant, the “Giant George” team wants fans and animal lovers to make contributions to or volunteer at their favorite animal organization on Nov. 17. That would have been the big guy’s eighth birthday. Anyone can go to the Giant George Facebook page to get more information.
It is just sad that the world has lost their tallest dog in Giant George dying.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble