Great Dane Giant George Dies: Spirit of Tallest Dog Lives On In Cyberspace and Day of Service

By Rhonda J. Miller on October 26, 2013 4:58 PM EDT

Great Dane Giant George and Owners
Great Dane Giant George with owners Dave and Christie Nasser shortly after the dog was named the World's Tallest Dog in February 2010. (Photo: Dave Nasser / Rhonda J. Miller)

A huge Great Dane from Tucson, Ariz. named Giant George, whose stellar doggie lifetime included being named the world's tallest dog by Guinness World Records and an appearance on Oprah, has died — but his spirit lives on in an international day of service to animals, a book, and his own websiteGiant George passed away peacefully, surround by loved ones on Oct. 17, one month before his eighth birthday, according his website.

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Giant George, who measured 43 inches from foot-to shoulder, was named the world's tallest dog by Guinness World Records in February 2010. George was nudged from the title spot by a 44-inch dog named Zeus from Otsego, Michigan in September 2012, according to Arizona Daily.

But the slip from the world record didn't affect George's stature among his followers. His website has more than 200,000 "Likes", he's in YouTube videos posted by Taller Than Thou Productions and galleries of photos on his site show the Great Dane in some of his spotlight experiences: seated in the passenger section of an airplane bound for Chicago and the Oprah show and getting his official tall dog title from Guinness World Records. There are also plenty of photos of just plain ole interesting tall dog activities, like looking huge next to his owner Dave Nassar and peering over the kitchen sink.

For his followers and would-be fans, there's a tell-all book, Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog. According to the Amazon.com book description, "Dave and Christie Nassar'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."

George is bound to be smiling down from the other side hearing that his owner has declared this coming Nov. 17 (which would have been the big dog's 8th birthday) to be Giant George Service Day, when time or money may be donated to an animal cause or charitable organizations. It's all on Georges' Facebook events page

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