Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog
“With his big blue eyes and soulful expression, George was the irresistible runt of the litter. But Dave and Christie Nasser’s “baby” ended up being almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. Eager to play, and boisterous to the point of causing chaos, this big Great Dane was 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 precocious puppy won Dave and Christie’s hearts and along the way became a doggie superstar. In 2010, George was named by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog in the World-ever. He appeared on Oprah, and even has his own global fan club. But to Dave and Christie, this extraordinary animal is still their beloved pet, the one who has made them laugh, made them cry, and continues to make them incredibly happy.” – Amazon.com Book Description
“A hilarious story, and well told. Much of the humor comes from the spectacle of a couple of innocents having their eyes opened. After you’ve read about [George's] exploits, the Nassers won’t be the only people smitten with him. You will be, too — although if you’re lucky, no one will ever ask you to provide space for him in your home.” – Mike Neill, The Reading Room
“What seems like a gimmicky idea for a book—life with the world’s tallest dog (with a Guinness Book of World Records certificate to prove it)—turns out to be an engaging, humorous read. “Giant” George begins life, paradoxically, as the runt of the litter, a Great Dane selected somewhat haphazardly by Nasser and his wife, Christie. George’s breeder tries to impart some words of caution—“the parents are real big,” she says. Soon George is wreaking havoc in the Nasser home, outgrowing the “the biggest dog crate available on the market” (the “Colossus”) and eventually requiring his own queen-sized bed to sleep on. Fully grown, he weighs 245 pounds. But rather than the rambles of an obsessed owner, the book is a well-plotted and compelling story, which takes us into the Nasser family dynamic: when Dave and Christie start trying for a baby, they encounter heartbreak. Startlingly honest and well-written, Giant George’s story stands apart from the slew of other dog books on the shelves.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“I just finished reading your book, it made me laugh, feel sad, mad at the stupidity of the person trying to make George not who he is, but I laughed so hard sometimes I woke my husband. Thank you for making your book feel like I was actually talking to your family and getting to know George and petting him. I just want to fly to Arizona just to see him and see how amazing he is. Thanks for keeping George and sharing him with us!” – J Dorn of Oshkosh, WI