Title: Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog
Author: Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee
Genre: Pets, Pet Memoirs
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
“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.”
I have to say that when I first heard about Giant George I was in awe, it was on one of the news channels online and they said you can friend him on facebook, so I did. 🙂 Then I heard about his book and knew I had to read it. Bottom line is, the book is good. I enjoyed every minute of it and I even learned some new things about the great dane breed. Being a fellow animal lover and dog owner myself I couldn’t help comparing how George and my lovable goofy dog, Bear aka Bubba Dog, who is also rather big, are so much alike. I kept thinking, “wow that’s too funny, Bear does that too!” or “how interesting, Bear is also afraid of water…”
Yes, it’s true, Bear is by all means part ‘water dog’ (he’s a black labrador retriever and from what I’ve been told part great dane mix) and is afraid of water. He avoids puddles at all costs, hates baths and refuses to go out in the rain, and yet he loved playing in the snow when we lived in Minnesota. I know my dog is weird. Luckily though we don’t really have to worry much about his water phobia problem anymore now that we live in Arizona. Giving him a bath though is a whole nother story, but I’ll leave that for another day, back to the review.
There were several laugh out loud moments and moments that will probably make you cry, I know I was tearing up. I also liked the fact that this story wasn’t just focused on Giant George as an animal in general, but the story focused on his family as a whole and how he affected them, and helped them along the way through all their good times and bad times. He is not just a pet to them, but a part of the family.
Obviously, being the “World’s Biggest Dog” being big sometimes has it’s disadvantages. Taking a quote from page 76, Dave says, “He was big and, to a lot of people, big equaled scary.” I cannot even describe how that is so true. To people who have big dogs it’s not a big deal to them, they know their dog is big and they are used to it, but sometimes for someone who is meeting this person’s dog for the first time, they get scared, they seem to think that because this dog is so big it might hurt or bite them, they feel intimiated, which is understandable. I can’t keep track of how many times I have to tell people that my big dog is the nicest dog ever and won’t bite, of course they aren’t going to believe me, my dog doesn’t know them and they don’t know him so anything can happen. It’s just sad sometimes to see these gentle giant dogs being utterly avoided because of their size, but it happens.
Over all, it’s a great story and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good pet story.
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Hugs & Happy Reading,
Dani ~ aka The Romance Book Addict
Book Provided for Review by: Bullhead City Mohave County Library