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World's Tallest Dog Dies: Giant George, a Great Dane, Passes Away

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 05:27 PM

By Ken Mandel

Giant George, the world's tallest dog, died last week, one month before his eighth birthday.

The Great Dane, verified by Guinness World Records in 2010 as the world's tallest dog — he measured 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder, and weighed 245 pounds — had a large following, with more than 204,000 Facebook likes and nearly 1 million views on YouTube. He also had been featured on shows like "Good Morning America," "Today" and "Oprah," and was the subject of the book, "Giant George: Life With the World's Biggest Dog," written by George's owner, Dave Nasser.

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"We're doing OK," Nasser told ABC News on Friday, eight days after the dog's Oct. 17 death. "I couldn't have been talking to you four days ago, I would have been a crying ball. But now the good memories are starting to come to the surface. After a week, I am starting to think of all the fun times we had, and it's much, much easier."

George was adopted by Nasser and his wife Christine seven years ago, as the runt of the litter, Nasser told ABC. The dog's website boasts, "He's kind of a big deal."

When Nasser announced that the dog had died, he said he was heartened by the overwhelming support he received from fellow dog lovers.

"I think the first post [last Thursday], we got 13,000 comments," Nasser told ABC. "It's amazing to see other people crying as well and realize George wasn't only important to me, but other people as well."

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