Giant George: World’s Tallest Dog Has Died

There are some dogs from pop culture that we won’t be able to forget. Dogs like Clifford, Snoopy, Goofy, and Lassie are iconic figures in our culture, and will therefore always transcend generations. Giant George was a dog that lived in our Technicolor universe. Giant George he simply lived, and touched the lives of everyone he met. Sadly the dog known as Giant George has died.

Known for his Guinness World Record of being the world’s tallest dog, George died last Thursday night. It was one month before what would be his eighth birthday. His owners and family members, David and Christine Nasser announced on George’s site to write about the tragic news of gentle George’s passing.

“George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones … We appreciate the love and support you have given Giant George over the last several years.”

George, who was a giant Great Dane, gained fame after he was featured in the Guinness World Records for being the tallest dog in the world. Sitting at 3 feet and 7 inches tall, George became a familiar face on the daytime circuit, having visited Live with Regis & Kelly and Good Morning America.

According to his owners, Giant George was known as the little runt of his litter. The Nasser’s had once told Good Morning America that while people were often afraid of George because of his size, he was more afraid of them, and pint sized dogs too.

George’s website describes the pooch as:

“Eager to play – this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone.”

With George’s popularity, the Nasser’s felt a responsibility to give back, so they decided to start Giant George in order to donate to different dog shelters. In 2011 Giant George donated $500 to a Japanese animal shelter after they were hit with an earthquake and a tsunami.

Fans of George have posted condolences on Giant George’s Facebook page.

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