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Updated Feb 3, 2010, 6:19 pm
Giant George, a 4-year-old blue Great Dane, could be the world's tallest dog - and he lives in Tucson.
George, owned by Dave and Christie Nasser, is 245 pounds and more than 43 inches tall. He eats 110 pounds of food every month and sleeps in a queen-size bed.
The Nassers are awaiting word from Guinness officials on whether he is a record-setter, but they're hopeful.
On Wednesday, Jamie Panas, a U.S. public relations executive with Guinness World Records, told TucsonSentinel.com a ruling should come soon.
"We are familiar with George and are assessing the evidence provided to us. We should have a final answer within the next couple of weeks," Panas said.
Dave Nasser said Wednesday night they're waiting to hear from Guinness.
The Daily Mail Online reports:
Dr. William Wallace of the Buena Pet Clinic in Tucson, who witnessed the documentation necessary for the Guinness record, said: "In my 45 years of experience working with giant breed dogs, without question, George is the tallest dog I have ever seen."
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But even with Wallace's statement, a world record is no sure thing. George's Incredible Features entry says:
There is no category for world’s biggest dog, no doubt to avoid owners from over-feeding their pets just to get them into the record book. But there is one for tallest dog, and at 7’3” tall, nose to tail; George might just reach those lofty heights.
And, yes, the answer to the question you all want answered, he leaves enormous droppings too. George produces "a couple pounds" a day "at least," Dave Nasser told the Sentinel. George is a gentle giant, too.
"We go to the dog park and kids hang all over him. He doesn't mind it all."
The pictures and videos can't possibly do George justice, so if you want to see him in person, you can.
George will be a "celebrity" model at the Puttin' On the Dog fundraiser for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona on April 30. His owners don't do a lot of public appearances, said Sheena Stewart, community relations manager for the group. But when they were told the event is to help homeless animals in the community, they agreed.
A story in the New York Daily News in November said Titan, a 4-year-old Great Dane from San Diego, was named world's tallest dog.
But a post on George's Facebook page, said the jury is still out.
Regardless of the announcement today . . . My owner spoke to Guinness and I am still being officially verified and will tower over Titan.
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