Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: “Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog” by Dave Nasser

For David Nasser, becoming a “dog parent” wasn’t entirely his idea; at the time it was mostly to placate his future wife, Christie. Back in 2005, Dave had no clue as to the impact that the couple’s eventual decision to adopt a Great Dane puppy named George would have on him, his marriage – or his life in general. But in Nasser’s brand-new book “Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog,” he chronicles his and Christie’s – and George’s – journey, from the first time Dave and Christie broached the subject of getting a puppy to George’s eventual place in history as a Guinness World Record holder as both the World’s Tallest Dog Ever and Tallest Living Dog.

In the world of dog ownership, there are many options to consider before getting a dog – to a non-pet owner such as myself, it seems downright overwhelming. Do I get an adult dog or a puppy? Pedigree or mixed breed? Do I buy my dog from a breeder or a pet store, or do I adopt from a shelter? Being a cat person by nature, of course, I’ll probably never have to make any of those decisions. But for those dog lovers out there who are looking for a canine companion, “Giant George” answers all those questions and more.

To say that I loved this book would truly be an understatement – “Giant George” has officially carved out his niche in my top five list of inspirational animals (you can see my full list here). With George’s current stats at six years old coming in at a staggering 7’ 3” tall and 245 pounds – about one hundred pounds larger than your average Great Dane – I was left dumbfounded at how small George began life (the runt of the litter at seventeen pounds) and how quickly he grew (by 9 months he weighed 147 pounds). I laughed to discover that he is tall enough to fit his head into the kitchen sink to eat his meals, and that his front paws are as large as Dave’s own adult human fists.

Seriously, Clifford the Big Red Dog has nothing on Giant George. And move over, Marmaduke!

Of course, just like the fictional Winslow family has their issues with Marmaduke, having a dog like George isn’t without a down side. I found myself annoyed to read of how George was treated during his early days at the local dog park and out in public. But above all I was touched to read Dave’s numerous descriptions of just how gentle a spirit George has both with his family and with people in general. He is, in all ways, one very unique dog!

So if you want to read a truly wonderful book that will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately cheer, then check out “Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog” by Dave Nasser. I guarantee that from that very first sentence until the very last, you will no doubt find yourself inspired by George, the World’s Tallest Dog…ever.

For more information on Giant George, visit his website at www.giantgeorge.com or friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GiantGeorge.

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