World's Largest Dog Is Newest and Biggest Pet Literary Star

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Meet Giant George. We bet this Great Dane has a pretty powerful pawshake, because he holds Guinness World Records for both tallest dog and largest dog. According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph, George weighs in at 230 pounds and stands 4 feet tall on all fours, 7 feet on his hind legs.

People who don't know about George already will soon become acquainted with this gentle giant, because he is the lovable subject of the new book "Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog." Written by his owner, Dave Nesser, the story follows George from his adoption to fame, humorously looking into the special circumstances that arise in the life of the World's Largest Dog.

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Some of those special needs include a dog bed the size of a queen mattress, and 180 pounds of food every month. Nesser said that even though the dog weighs 100 pounds more than a typical Great Dane, George is still a pretty normal pooch. He loves to eat, play, sleep and bark at the mailman.

As with many adoption stories, Nesser said that for he and his wife, Christie, it was love at first sight when they found George. Ironically, the couple was attracted to puppy George because the little dog appeared to be the runt of the litter. The pair soon discovered that "runt" might not have been the optimal word.

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At 5 months old, the playful and attention-seeking puppy was already the size of a fully grown Labrador. Nesser said that he and George were bullied out of the puppy section of the dog park due to the George's size. Once George hit 252 pounds at age 2, a friend suggested contacting Guinness to see if the dog was really the biggest on Earth.

A Guinness adjudicator pronounced that not only was the George the tallest living dog, but the tallest canine ever. This new title landed the Great Dane a coveted spot on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

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Now George is adding the title of "literary star" to his résumé, but he doesn't let success change his kind and devoted disposition. Nesser said that no matter where fame has taken the dog or where it will lead next, George is always a loving member of his family before anything else.
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