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Tucson dog named world's tallest

Giant George and owner Dave Nasser will woof it up on 'Oprah' today

Tucson can claim the world's tallest dog. Giant George, a 43-inch tall Great Dane, now holds the Guinness World Record.

George, and owner Dave Nasser, will be on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today - 4 p.m., KOLD-13 - in an appearance taped last week.

Nasser told the show he knew George was special during a visit to the state fair.

"There were three lions there in a pen that you could get really close to, and I remember thinking to myself, 'My dog is bigger than these lions,'" he says.

Guinness officially awarded George – more than 7 feet from head to tail and weighing almost 250 pounds – the world records for Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever. As a result, the logistics of getting George to Chicago for the taping were daunting.

"He would not fit in a first-class row, so he got three of his own seats at the bulk-head. . . . This meant that Giant George would be in the fuselage, like a regular passenger," Nasser said on GiantGeorge.com.

Nasser said George was the hit of the show.

"There was a sign on the door that read 'Unless you are part of Team Giant George, please don't ask to see him until taping is over.' However, the sign didn't work so well; we were told that Giant George was more popular among the staff than many A-list superstars who had appeared on Oprah."

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Guinness said in a press release that George topped previous holder Titan, a four-year-old Great Dane from San Diego, who is three-quarters of an inch shorter than George.

Late Sunday night George "posted" on his Facebook page "Roses are red, violets are blue, I am The Tallest Dog Ever, Guinness says it's true. That's right....Guinness World Records for Tallest Dog Ever and Tallest Living Dog. YES!"

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Giant George and his owner Dave Nasser will be on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' today.

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