Thousands of people have expressed their condolences on Facebook and Twitter for the lovable Great Dane, Giant George, who passed away on Thursday. He was one month shy of turning eight. George was a major dog celebrity who appeared on, "Good Morning America," "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "The Oprah Winefry Show." The blue-eyed Dane was so popular, in fact, that owner David Nasser published a book about the day to day experiences of living with such an enormous dog, "Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog."
Surprisingly George was the runt of the litter. In 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the Great Dane was the tallest dog ever. George weighed in at 245 pounds and was five feet tall and seven feet long.
Mr. Nasser is trying to get through his grief by remembering the good times, in an interview with ABC news, he confessed, “I couldn’t have been talking to you four days ago, I would have been a crying ball. But now the good memories are starting to come to the surface. After a week, I am starting to think of all the fun times we had, and it’s much, much easier.”
Nasser stated that George has received about 13,000 comments from people who are also grieving the death of the giant Great Dane. The Nasser Family is an advocate for local and national animal shelters and charities. They are encouraging people to help out in any they can through George's website and Facebook page. In his short life, George has received tens of thousands of fans on Facebook and his Youtube video hits are in the millions.
Will there be another dog in the Nasser family future? It looks like it's going to take some time because the Nasser's are in the grieving phase and have two young kids, Mr. Nasser said, "We just need time to mourn George's loss. I think we'll evaluate six months or a year down the road."
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