Life With the World's Biggest Dog
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Arizona Daily Star
HOME NEEDED FOR GREAT DANE PUPPY
Four-month-old blue Great Dane puppy needs a home now.
Call Dave at 555-0123.
Sometimes in life you make mistakes. It was the end of March 2006 in Tucson, Arizona— a particularly beautiful time of year—and open in front of me was a copy of the Arizona Daily Star. It was carrying the ad I’d placed there a week back, for the ridiculous sum of $40.
I did a quick calculation in my head. I’d already laid out $1,750 for our puppy, plus the cost of around six weeks’ worth of special puppy food, an extra- large crate, a leash and a collar, dog bowls—both food and water—and now this ad. We were a cool $2,000 out-of-pocket by now, I figured, but I didn’t care. I was out of patience. I was seriously stressed. I was at the end of my rope.
The ad had already attracted about a dozen phone calls, and two of them seemed to be genuine possibilities. One was from a woman who worked at the local animal organization in Tucson. When I explained to her that George had become a lot more than I could handle, she reacted excitedly. It was obvious right away that she was a serious dog lover, and she wanted our puppy pretty badly. The other call was from a guy who lived a couple of hours away, up in Phoenix. He said he already had a couple of Great Danes in the family, and would very much love to have a third.
So, job done. With my wife’s very reluctant agreement, I had one decision left to make: who should have him? Whose home should he go to? George, who was never far from Christie and me—ever—was sitting on the floor beside my chair while I was thinking about this, as if he knew that, right now, it was the best place for him to be. I glanced down, and saw the sparkle in his intensely blue eyes. It was the same sparkle that had first attracted us to him, the same sparkle that had Christie fall in love with him on sight. Did he know? Was he already preparing for the worst? Was he already resigned to being put in yet another crate and shipped off someplace else?
But George didn’t seem to be thinking about himself. While I mused about how much had already happened in his short life, he seemed more concerned about me. He lifted himself up, tipped his head to one side and looked at me with an expression that I’d already come to know. “Hey, Dad,” it seemed to say to me. “What’s up?”
He then did something that would be appropriate if you were writing a scene for a movie. He got up from the floor and put his head in my lap, then looked up at me with those enormous blue eyes.
I looked back at the ad, to the two numbers I’d scribbled down, and I realized that, actually, I couldn’t let him go. He was part of our family, and no matter what the hassle, no matter what the pain, one thing you don’t give up on is family.
This is an excerpt from GIANT GEORGE by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee. Copyright © 2011 by Dave Nasser. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.
Meet George, a seven-foot-long, 245-pound Great Dane who holds the Guinness World Record for Tallest Dog in the World…ever! A true gentle giant who loves to play, he’s also scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and—most of all—scared of being alone.
Giant George is the charming story of how this goofy giant—the runt of his litter—first won owners Dave and Christie Nasser’s hearts, and a wonderful chronicle of the unusual adventures they faced raising him to adulthood and superstardom (not only has he appeared on television, but he also has his own global fan club). Also shedding insight into his likes, habits and quirks, this is a fascinating look at what it’s like to be the owners of the biggest dog in the world.
Hardcover Book : 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( April 10, 2012 )
Item #: 13-568532
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
very good, so human
Completly A W E S O M E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Pamela P
George's face on the book is why I bought it. He is soooo cute. We have two dogs - yellow lab & pit-boxer-lab mix so I am partial to all dogs. BUT the book was more about the owners than George. I wanted to know his adventures. Took awhile to read. The people info was boring. I loved the pictures and seeing the knobs in George's lower leg that were still growing bone - AMAZING.
Big dogs and dogs of a certain type people have weird ideas about! Not every dog the same just like people they have different likes or temperment. I know they act allot like children and you have to be ready for anything! But that is what makes them great! I can't imagine living with out a dog! I have a pit bull mix and his brother is a doxie and their best friends. My pit mix is 9 yrs old and he bit someone. I'M DISABLE and I think he was protecting me. So now they say he's dangerous please just because pit bulls have a bad rep dosen't mean their all mean. I love all dogs big little dosen't matter their all great! I love this book! So if you love dogs read it!
Giant George is like sitting down with a cozy comforter and a cup of hot chocolate. It's happy, sad, and engaging. Well worth buying.