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Most of us know well the trials and tribulations of Clifford the Big Red
Dog, who got into all sorts of goofy trouble because of his rather unusual size.
Of course, Clifford is fictional, but Dave Nasser has experienced the real-life equivalent: His Great Dane, George, is the Guinness World Records' Tallest Living Dog and the World’s Tallest Dog Ever Recorded.
Anxious to share his story, the proud owner of this large dog recently published a memoir, Giant George: Life With the World’s Biggest Dog, about his oversize pup adventures. Nasser also gave Vetstreet some added inside scoop on life with a large dog breed.
A. Nasser: "Giant George's story and message is 'It is OK to be different.' Believe it or not, George was picked on as a puppy, [who] was too big to be in the 'puppy' area of the dog park. As he grew, he was continually made fun of by humans, thrown out of hotels and unfairly stereotyped as dangerous. We want to send the message, especially to children, that you may feel different or look different, but everyone has the potential to be the biggest or the best at what they choose to do."
A. "It was when the previous record holder, Gibson, died and the news hit the papers. A 36-inch-tall Newfie from North Dakota was claiming to be the new tallest dog. I contacted Guinness because I knew that George was at least as tall as the previous record holder, who was 42 inches. Giant George is 43 inches tall."
A. "It was a name that I felt I could call out at the local dog park and not feel embarrassed."
A. "It sure is — he eats between 110 and 130 pounds of food per month, which is mostly roasted chicken mixed with dry dog food."
A. "He is a water snob and will only drink water if it is from a bottle. Weird, huh?"
A. "George is a huge cuddle monster. He loves human contact. I have two small children, and he allows them to lay on him, pull his tail and his ears — and he pulls them around the house as they hold onto his tail. He totally understands how big he is."
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