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Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog

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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 bei ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published August 1st 2011)
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Courtney
Feb 16, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A warning: my review of this book is definitely biased as I am a crazy dog lady beyond anything you've ever imagined. I was madly in love with Marley and Me and Red Dog and my shelves are littered with photographic dog books, dog quote books, short dog stories, hero dog tales, dogs and war, dog training books and dog psychology guides. When I saw Giant George on the shelf, I was immediately $25 poorer and bounced off home to add it to my collection. Now that I've finished it, I can say it was as ...more
Melki
Just an ordinary couple shopping for a queen-sized mattress...

"Fine. We'll take it."

"Certainly, sir," he said. "Have you decided on a box spring and bed frame to go with that?"

"We don't need either, thanks," Christie told him. "Just the mattress."

"Just the mattress?" He looked deflated now.

"Just the mattress," I repeated.

"You sure you folks don't want---"

I shook my head firmly. "We only need the mattress. It's not for us." I explained. "It's for our dog."

His eyes bulged. "For your
dog?"


Yup. That
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SallyHP
Apr 22, 2012 SallyHP rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because it has potential to be funny...but he's just a really poor writer. You can tell he's the guy who laughs as he tells a joke and the receiver is kind of awkwardly tittering. Ah well-too many good books out there to read to waste time on so-so
Pallavi
Without a doubt this book belongs to Giant George. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could, because George absolutely is a star. My first thought when I saw the book was - Marmaduke! No doubt I would read about the various people he knocks over (in love of course), things his tail swipes off tables and the physical challenges in dealing with a dog that stands and weighs more than you. The only question I asked my hubby (who bought the book) was 'does he die', because as much as I loved Marley and me, I ...more
Louise
Mar 04, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Story Description:

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 an
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Dawn
Apr 21, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was another fun, light read, with the feel of an extended magazine article rather than a serious biography. But then, how do you really write a serious biography about a dog?

Even a 43" tall, 245 lb dog.

No, really, you read that right. This dog weighs more than I do right now, and I'm still classed as obese (working on it!). Guinness has officially awarded him the twin titles of "Tallest Dog" and "Tallest Dog Ever". Giant George puts the "great" in Great Dane- and I'm betting he outweighs a
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Jen
May 12, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and found it to be a real page-turner. Somehow, I'd completely missed all of the "Giant George" buzz in recent years. This book only came under my radar when I saw it listed on a current recommended reading list in one of the many dog magazines to which I subscribe.

I only have two disgruntled gripes about Giant George. The first is my usual complaint about how every autobiographical dog memoir our there seems to begin with folks who get a dog and have no clue what to do wit
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McGuffy Morris
Oct 02, 2012 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
Giant George is an unprecedented seven feet long, almost five feet tall (at 43”), and almost 250 pounds. The Guiness Book of World Records has acknowledged him as the world’s tallest dog. It wasn’t always this way for George. He started as the smallest in his litter, even called “the runt”, when he was born in 2005.

Relocating back to his native Arizona, Dave Nasser promised his new bride Christie a puppy. It was initially a bribe of sorts. After the huge costs of the big Great Dane puppy and his
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Leilani
Jun 07, 2012 Leilani rated it liked it
Shelves: dogs
A pleasantly-told, lightly charming dog story. The writing is basic (and maybe needed one more edit - at one point his wife pushes her sunglasses on top of her head, then in the next sentence pushes them down her nose & peers over them - strangely active sunglass-wearing), but the story of George's becoming part of the family and getting ever larger had some fun anecdotes.

The quest to get him into the Guinness book struck me as a very competitive-male thing to do (the same way some birders
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Teena in Toronto
Jul 26, 2014 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it
Giant George (2005 - 2013) was a blue Great Dane recognised from 2010 to 2012 as the world's tallest living dog and the tallest dog ever by Guinness World Records.

When his owners, Dave (who wrote the book) and Christie got George when he was seven weeks old, he weighed 17 pounds ... a couple years later, he weighed in at 245 pounds (about 100 pounds heavier than the average Great Dane)! Believe it or not, he was the runt of the litter! He was 7'3" from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail.
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Rachel
Feb 02, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
George is big, not only big, the biggest, and with that size comes a few problems.

Space is one, but keeping a dog's nose away from things on counter tops only humans can normally reach is another. Still, this family adjusts to accommodate him, and he is truly worth it.

George is a gentle dog, and one with such a lovable temperament that the world embraces him. Through the struggles of having a child of their own, George is a bright spot, and a comfort, even while he races towards fame.

Narrated b
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Jami
Sep 03, 2012 Jami rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-books
I really enjoyed this book - it was a fun book! I love Giant George and loved hearing his story. Who would have thought it took so much to be star? I couldn't believe that people tried to sabotage him in order to get the Guinness title for their own dogs...you can't pick on George! His parents obviously love him and I love how he is a valued member of the family!
Virginia
Feb 24, 2014 Virginia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
as a (big) dog lover, Giant George is quite a draw for me. This book helped me get more insight into his life and how he came to be so big, literally and figuratively. Nasser has a lot of unquestioned privilege, chauvinism, and bio- and ego-centrism that made me roll my eyes and grit my teeth though. And i feel like he focused a lot on the sensational aspects of George (like his bed) at a loss of getting to know George. It's understandable (sensation sells), and maybe I'm prejecting more onto Ge ...more
Alexandra
May 02, 2012 Alexandra rated it did not like it
I thought this book was suppose to be about a dog not about some guy with ZERO personality. I'm really wanted to hear cute stories about the pup growing up, his personality ect. Sorry but after chapter seven u had to put it down bc it went no where
Novader
Sep 17, 2015 Novader rated it did not like it
The biggest is NOT the best. Boatloads of misinformation in this book regarding dogs and Great Danes in particular, not to mention the most egregious point of all: why is a dog being glamorized for being overweight, poorly bred & not at all to breed standard? Well, he's BIG. How disappointingly American and absolutely unimportant.

Couldn't bring myself to finish the book I was so irritated by the writing (and photos of George wearing a saddle and carrying a child on his back, wearing a proce
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Jeannie
May 31, 2012 Jeannie rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
I loved this book...having heard of George and seeing him on the internet I just couldn't resist buying this one. What a face! What a dog! What a cute story. And he's still alive by the end of the book...huge plus!
Elliot Holloway
Feb 11, 2015 Elliot Holloway rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dog lovers, Great Dane lovers
This was a fantastic book. I love how most of it was about George's normal life with his "mom and pop", and how only the last 40 or 50 pages were actually about his winning the title of World's Biggest Dog (Ever), and also how honest author/George owner Dave Nasser was about he struggles they faced with his incredibly fast and extreme growth from puppyhood to young-adult-dog-hood. The only thing I took issue with was the very, VERY binarized, fairly misogynistic language used throughout (i.e., " ...more
Wendy
Sep 12, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. What a wonderful dog and a great true story. I couldn't put this book down, I read it in under 3 hours. Great book for any dog lover.
Louise
Aug 19, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
This book made me thankful our mini poodle weighs only 16 pounds.
Courtney Johnson
Jan 21, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it it was ok
When I first started reading this, I was real excited. However, that excitement faded quick. In the beginning, the book was just about living with George. I felt like a lot of it was about his pooping habits to be honest. Then, near the end, it just became about the publicity of it all. It wasn't really about George, but more about how his owners tried (and succeeded) to get him into the guiness world record book and all the obstacles they faced to get there. I would not read this book again. I' ...more
Janet
Nov 09, 2015 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Though I am a definite dog lover and proud owner/companion of two wonderful dogs. I could not give this book a higher rating simply because I can't get into the hoopla of this Guinness world record business. And so much of the book centered around this.
I enjoyed the private story of acquiring George, moving, The major adjustments to challenges having a dog that is huge required and their loss of their first child.
I felt so badly for them when Christie's first pregnancy ended so very, very tragi
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Sallee
Mar 18, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Giant George, the world's largest and tallest dog ever is the star of this little book. Dave Nasser, his owner tells us George's life from puppy-hood to stardom. He also talks about the difficulties of his family at the same time. George was one of a kind and people loved hearing about him, seeing him and following on Facebook. He was a very gentle giant. Alas he passed away in 2013 at the age of 7 which is the normal life expectantly for these huge dogs. If you love big dogs, you will love rea ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jun 14, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Giant George” by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee, published by Grand Central Life & Style.

Category – Animals/Dogs

Dave and Christie Nasser wanted a dog, not just a dog but a big dog. Christie saw an ad for a Great Dane that seemed to be exactly what they wanted. So they adopted George, a seventeen pound Great Dane, and the runt of the litter.

George grew fast, incredibly fast. In fact, he grew so fast that he quickly outgrew the largest dog crate they could buy. Of course, that was not a p
...more
Sandra Jones
Mar 21, 2013 Sandra Jones rated it really liked it
Oh my, I did a lot head-shaking at the beginning of this book. George's owners, Dave and Christie, never bothered to meet their dog’s parents, nor the pup himself until they picked him up at the airport. They hadn’t considered whether a Great Dane was appropriate for apartment living, but that didn’t matter because their apartment didn’t allow dogs anyway! When they realized that they were in over their heads, they placed an ad seeking a new home for George. Fortunately, Dave and Christie did th ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
In 2006, Dave and Christie Nasser decided that they wanted to expand their family, but not in the way most of us would think. They decided to adopt a puppy since they were moving to Tucson, Arizona and buying a new home. It was what Christie needed to make the jump from living in California near her family and friends and moving to where Dave wanted. This was their compromise.

While researching breed types for the perfect type, they knew they both wanted a large dog. They settled on a Great Dane,
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Karen Ball
Jul 19, 2014 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Wonderful, fun nonfiction for the dog-lovers! This is the story of George, the runt of his litter who grew up to be not just the tallest dog in the world, but the tallest recorded dog EVER. George is a Great Dane, owned by Dave and Christie Nasser of Arizona. This is their story as well. After they were married and Dave talked Christie into moving from California to Arizona, they decided to get a puppy. After researching good calm family breeds, they settled on a Great Dane puppy, and located a ...more
Glen
Mar 09, 2013 Glen rated it really liked it
In the novel Giant George, by Dave Nasser the story is told by the author himself and him and his wife’s journey with the world’s biggest dog. George is what may be known as a very gentle giant that stands at nearly 5 feet tall, approximately 7 feet long, and 245 pounds. He is a Great Dane and doctors say that nothing is wrong with George it’s only that he is much larger than all others. He is a part of the Nasser family. He is as friendly as any other dog, with same inside, but with a huge outs ...more
Lelia Taylor
Aug 09, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
What can I say about a book that is full of laughter and joy and even a few sniffles of sheer happiness as well as human heartache now and then? This tale of a very large dog made me want one (until I came to my senses) and I defy other readers to claim they don’t end up feeling the same way.

Imagine a runt who gains a pound a day, grows up to weigh 245 pounds, stands 43 inches at the shoulder and measures 7 feet in length. George’s dad got a little uneasy early on, wondering if he and his wife w
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Mandy
Oct 10, 2014 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As I’ve said here before, I love dogs. There’s nothing like snuggling with your dog after a rough day. Somehow, they know how to make everything better, just by licking you or putting their head on your arm. They truly do love unconditionally, and many dogs are more likeable than people. I’d heard about Giant George, the world’s biggest dog, a few years ago. The pictures are astonishing and it’s hard to believe that he’s a pet that lives in a house and not a mini horse that lives on a farm.

Giant
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Casey
Apr 09, 2013 Casey rated it it was amazing
As a dog lover this was an incredible book. I think if you have a dog you can relate to this book. My dogs are like my children. I had dogs before I had a human baby. Their personalities are so strong I think my husband and I spoiled them rotten (yet well behaved) with their thinking that they were higher than a dog should be. They lay on the couch with us... go to the stores with us... lay on the bed with us... and God forbid they have to sit in the back of the SUV instead of the front seat...t ...more
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