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Giant George Reviews

  • Courtney
    2019-03-16 04:06

    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 delightful as I expected. These types of books tend to be prone to terrible writing and painful dialogue, sometimes lacking a plot or purpose, but I found myself flying through it in a few short hours. George is so mild-mannered and so full of personality and his owners are truly smitten with him. And, thankfully, it is a story unlike Marley's in that George is still alive! Happy endings, hooray. If you love dogs, love pet stories or just need a really light, happy biography about a truly horse-sized gentle giant, this book is for you.

  • Melki
    2019-03-18 06:10

    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's right. When George the Great Dane was only nine months old, he outgrew his single-size mattress dog bed. He weighed 147 pounds.Here's the story of how the runt of the litter grew to be a 250 pound behemoth, and not only the biggest dog in the world, but the biggest dog EVER!George and his owner, Dave NasserBasically, this is just another book about the horrors and joys of raising a puppy to adulthood...only the puppy is really, really big. The earlier chapters were the best; especially George's difficulties fitting in at the dog park. He was too big to play with the other puppies, but bullied by the adult dogs. Awwww!Big paws, big heartDog lovers should be utterly charmed by this book.

  • Louise
    2019-03-20 05:09

    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 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.My Review:Dave and Christie Nasser wanted a Great Dane puppy but soon realized that there weren’t any Great Dane pups in their area of Tucson, Arizona. As a matter of fact, there weren’t any in all of Arizona, period. Christie perused newspapers from their old homestead in California and found an ad placed by a woman in Oregon. After calling the woman, she emailed them photos of the entire litter of 13 puppies. Twelve of the pups were all huddled together but one was standing alone by himself. He was the “runt” of the litter but was also the “perfect colour” – blue! Not only was his fur blue but so were his enormous eyes. Dave and Christie immediately asked the woman to email a larger photo of this particular pup and they instantly fell in love. They made arrangements to fly the Great Dane puppy from Oregon to Phoenix, plus shelled out $1,750 for the pup. The flight was two hours and the poor 17 pound puppy arrived in his crate, terrified. On the way to the airport, Dave and Christie had settled on calling the newest member of their family, George. Christie didn’t have the heart to put George back in his crate for the ride home after a terrifying ride in the hold of the plane in the dark, so she allowed George to lie in her lap instead. After a sleepless evening the first night home, the Nasser’s learned quickly that George didn’t like sleeping in his crate alone in the kitchen. The second night they moved George’s crate into their bedroom where he was much happier.Dave and Christie never dreamed George would grow to be so big, as a matter of fact, he is now the “world’s biggest dog – ever!” At 14 weeks of age he already weighed an incredible 34 pounds. At 5 months, George weighed as much as a fully grown Labrador. He appeared to be growing at a phenomenal rate of “one pound per day.” (Great Dane “Adult” males usually grow to around 150 pounds). By 9 months of age he weighed a whopping 147 pounds and still had two years of growing to do.In August 2006, George had hit doggy “puberty”, he was a “teenager” and became “rambunctious, moody, and almost psycho”. George had discovered his “manhood” and began to hump everyone and anything in site!I loved that Dave Nasser made a point of saying: “ knew when George liked you…his displays of affection could have you pinned temporarily against a wall or a piece of furniture”. It was: “George’s version of a bear hug”.This is an endearing, heartwarming true story. It will make you laugh-out-loud and you’ll be clambering for more and more. Don’t miss this exceptional story of a dog who grew to be 245 pounds and whose heart is as big as the open sky!You can also check out Giant George’s own website at: THANK YOU to NET GALLEY for the preview copy.

  • Pallavi
    2019-03-26 00:42

    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 wasn't feeling upto dealing with pet loss again. I was pleasantly surprised on both counts.The first part of the book unravels in a distinct Marley & me way. There seems to be a certain life formula at work here. Thirtyish, more-or-less-financially-settled couple, choosing a puppy, training the puppy, getting trained by the puppy(!), learning to be pet parents, life challenges with starting a human family, constant support of said pet in these challenges and finally becoming a complete family - dog, kids, dream house et al. And I completely relate to it because this is exactly how my life has been enfolding in the last few years. So it tugs the heart strings. And checks the right boxes. And the marmaduke-y bit wasn't overdone at all, in fact, George's personality shone through all on his own. I loved it! The second part of the story (well its not really sectioned, but thats how it felt when I read it) is about his becoming a celebrity, from applying for the Guinness Record, to Oprah. And while this second part set it apart from M&m, the actual story telling moved from a heart warming family story to chronicles of a rising star. And that is where I felt a bit let-down. Not with the story itself, but the way it was told. It felt more like a series of blog posts than a continuous story. I know this might be nit-picky ... but the flow felt like a lovely smooth lift to crest of a wave and then suddenly deposited bouncingly on a shingly beach as we moved from anecdote to anecdote.I think this book needs tighter editing in the later sections, but I would still recommend it as a fun read. Read it for the heart warming story of a big-hearted dog. Read it for George. Because he is worth it.

  • Jen
    2019-03-26 05:52

    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 with it. Think about it. How many dog books have you read where a person skilled in dealing with dogs gets a dog and absolute chaos ensues? Aren't there any? Not likely, because folks that know what they're doing right off avoid all of the entertaining material, I suppose. The second is regarding Christie, George's "mom". As the one who wanted George, I found her seeming lack of interaction and participation frustrating. In a way, one could summarize the story as "Waa, waa, waa. I want a dog. If you're going to make me move to a new place, then I want a dog. You, however, have the better schedule for dog-rearing, though, and as such, you'll be his primary caregiver. I'll only be there for the good stuff, the fun parts. You are in charge of all of his upkeep. And, oh, by the way, I should warn you ahead of time that when I want a baby, you, whom I've foisted "my" dog on are going to get chewed out when I'm a tired, overwrought new mom and decide you're spending too much time on the dog that I dumped on you and not helping with the baby enough."I realize that last bit is a quite common rant of new mothers everywhere, and perfectly normal, but it sure was irritating to read it coming from the one who insisted upon George so strongly in the first place. The whole book was "Here, you take him to the vet. You clean up after him. YOU train him. YOU decide how to best contain him. No, don't go with me to the doctor visits, I don't want you there. Ok, NOW you're spending all of your time with the dog instead of with your family."Like I said, every new mother feels like that about something at some point in the beginning but she could have at least realized her role in creating that situation. Especially since Dave handled it all so well, giving her what she wanted at every turn and all. I know there are two sides to every story, but lately every dog autobiography I read written by a male seems to unintentionally present the female in the relationship as the anti-dog half of the marriage. Being a female reader (and a dog person), those women and their actions really get on my nerves. Happily for George, his life has not been a bad one, and he is loved and wanted and belongs just where he is.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-24 00:02

    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 great many Danes to boot. [image error]Why yes, they DO have a saddle for that thing...This is the tale of a reluctant dog owner who helps his wife choose a puppy and finds himself living with this gentle giant, toting the drool towels and snow-shovel pooper-scooper. On the side note it's interesting to read about how a weekend project can snowball wildly out of control. How a "happy hour" weekend project went from a straightforward Guinness record attempt to a spot on Oprah, celebrity appearances and over 100K Facebook fans. Great for chasing away the blues, and the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. Especially the one who'll give up their king sized bed to the dog.

  • McGuffy Morris
    2019-03-08 06:11

    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 super-sized supplies, Dave almost reconsidered. However, after “paws for thought”, they realized not only was George rapidly growing, so was their love for him.Giant George has appeared on TV shows, YouTube videos, and is on Facebook. This is truly a wonderful story full of love and devotion between a dog and his people. This is how it is supposed to be.

  • Leilani
    2019-03-13 23:45

    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 don't just keep life lists, they try to have a Big Year), but Nasser maintained enough charm and humility to keep me reading. The book ends abruptly after the big Oprah appearance - I wouldn't have minded a little more of George learning to appreciate the new children in his life.

  • Haley Bierman-holloway
    2019-03-16 04:57

    The writing was so bad that I couldn't finish this book. Nasser's observations about dog ownership are banal (his supposed guilt over snipping off his dog's "manhood" made me simultaneously roll my eyes and yawn). Again, I can't say enough about how terrible the writing was - at times, it's nearly incomprehensible. How this guy managed to get a book deal is beyond me.

  • Jami
    2019-03-07 06:53

    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 can't pick on George! His parents obviously love him and I love how he is a valued member of the family!

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-09 00:00

    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

  • Jeannie
    2019-03-12 04:46

    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!

  • Wendy
    2019-03-22 05:43

    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
    2019-02-26 01:43

    This book made me thankful our mini poodle weighs only 16 pounds.

  • Arielle Masters
    2019-03-13 06:05

    This book is a highly recommended read (cautionary tale, as far as amount of food and care and cleanup they need) for anyone considering getting a Great Dane of their own.Picked this book up because I love dogs and love reading happy dog stories. It was a cute recounting of the life and eventual worldwide fame of the author's enormous Great Dane, George, who ultimately made the Guinness Book of World Records as "tallest dog". I was surprised that they didn't also have him in additional categories such as "tallest dog on hind legs" and/or "heaviest non-overweight dog"; there wasn't any discussion of this in the book so I don't know if they tried or not or if those are even categories.The story starts with an ad to sell George, which is disturbing - normally breeders want dogs back that don't work out for the initial purchaser. So this was off-putting. Plus I don't personally advocate buying a dog to begin with - #adoptDontShop, to save lives - but in the case of very unusual animals (they were specifically looking for a Great Dane, preferably a blue one), it might be necessary to look for a breeder. I don't like the idea of shipping a very young puppy (7 weeks, according to the author, and the puppy really should have stayed with mom for 8 weeks) solo to from a breeder to its new owner. I don't like that they didn't go to meet George's parents - or mom, at least - and the breeder in person. Also don't like that they got George well before having a place where they were allowed to keep a pet - it's better to have the place first, then take in an animal. But it is what it is.After that, it seems like they waited an unusually long time to get George his puppy shots and to start training him (months in both cases), though I haven't had a young puppy myself (we've adopted older dogs) so maybe this isn't unusual. They also waited a really long time to get him fixed (until George was around 9 months). Animal welfare advice and mores are changing over time, and the author and his wife got George some ten years before this review. Hopefully they'll do some of these things a bit differently with their next dog (if they haven't already).On the (very) positive side, the author and his family clearly adored and took very good care of George, at least once he settled in (I'm referring here to the author's puppy-for-sale ad). They went to great lengths to make him comfortable at all sizes, which a lot of pet owners don't try to do. They fed him well and played with him a ton. They socialized him very well. They tried to be judicious about making George fit in at the local dog park. The stories of George's reach (food off of counters) and other habits (like greeting visitors) were amusing. George, like my dog, doesn't like to swim, so that was funny. He sounds like a super awesome dog. I really enjoyed reading about their trip to Chicago and everything it took to get George there.Won't get a Great Dane personally, as I despise dog drool, but they are generally very nice (my dogs and I have met several in our neighborhood over the years, and our current dog plays a little with one or two GDs who live near us). George, like my previous dog, has (had) the upped risk of a twisted stomach. Ours sadly died from that very thing - well, from complications after surgery to fix it. I didn't know there was such an operation as the author describes, to staple the stomach to something else. Sounds extreme, but I haven't looked into its usefulness or potential side effects.PS to those planning to have kids read this book: there are two main tragedies in the book, but they are non-violent and are not because of George. On the contrary, these are natural life events that had sad endings and that happen to many people. If anything - as the author says - George helped the family's healing process. Depending on the ages of the kids, though, you might want to summarize or skip over parts of that section. (view spoiler)[One death past the halfway point of a nonviable fetus that then had to be delivered via labor; one molar pregnancy that was taken care of via D&C (hide spoiler)] Ultimately there was a happy conclusion after these events. (view spoiler)[Third pregnancy happily took; they had a healthy baby girl and - according to the book's notes - they now have a second child as well. (hide spoiler)]

  • Alfonso
    2019-03-24 06:04

    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.George grew fast, incredibly fast. In fact, he grew so fast that he quickly outgrew the largest dog crate they could buy. George was the runt of the litter, Dave and Christie Nasser's “puppy” ended up being five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. He loved to play but despite his size he was scared of a few things in life like for example water, other dogs, and most of all being alone.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-24 02:45

    "The mom is one hundred and sixty pounds, and the dad is two hundred."And in an incredible feat of not really listening to what she was telling me (Why did that even matter? Great Danes were big dogs, weren't they?), I took this in and then completely forgot about it [...]p. 11...George was padding in small circles in the dirt, stopping only to bend his neck to sniff the odd weed or to peer thoughtfully into the middle distance.p. 88

  • Teresa Biggie
    2019-03-02 07:56

    I am a crazy dog lady and I never heard of George. It is a very quick read. and I loved how brutally honest the author/dog owner was..... My favorite part was how crazy they were to give up the hotel bed to the dog???? seriously.. that is crazy.

  • Lakshmi Prakruthi
    2019-03-21 00:57

    A nice, easy read. For people who have dogs it's easy to connect and enjoy the emotions the author tries to pen down. It's a book about a dog. Hard to go wrong.

  • Megan
    2019-03-24 06:02

    I thought it was really cool.

  • Kaylynn
    2019-03-08 03:04

    Giant George by Dave Nasser is a memoir about life with Dave Nasser, his family and his extraordinary dog, George. “Giant George” as he’s called was the world record holder for tallest dog. In this memoir Dave tells all about how his life has changed since adopting George as a puppy. The book cites all of the antics, rewards and challenges that Dave and his wife encounter from having such a large canine.The newlyweds, Dave and Christie Nasser, had gotten more than they had bargained for when they adopted the runt of a Great Dane litter of puppies. Dave had never really wanted a dog in the beginning or saw himself ever owning one. His wife Christie however, had always wanted a Great Dane. The two had made the negotiation that if they were to move to Dave’s hometown of Tucson, Arizonan then Christie would be able to get the dog. The couple had moved into an apartment that did not accept dogs but this did not stop Christie from looking for her perfect pup. Eventually they had made contact with a breeder of Great Danes that told them that George’s parents were large for the average size of Great Danes. Regardless Christie had picked from the picture sent to them that she had wanted the smallest Great Dane in the picture. This also created a problem when they had acquired George because the apartment that Dave and Christie were living in did not allow dogs. Nonetheless they had managed. Dave is a home remodeler and he brings George along with him whenever possible. In the meantime the home Dave and Christie had bought was also in need of some heavy renovation. Since Dave’s job was somewhat flexible Dave had spent a lot of time with George remodeling the house. The family of three also went to the dog park quite a bit and ran into some conflicts in the park with other owners and George not being “right” for the puppy side of the park. Another conflict that they encounter is when going up to Christie’s family with George, George is being finicky and will not do his business anywhere for them. Once at Christie’s family’s house, George gets along with everyone there…especially the children. Seeing how well George is getting along with the children, Christie soon longs for a child as well. Her and Dave decide to try and have a baby, since being around the age of thirty-five, Christie had to take extra precaution. After some baby-woes they finally had their little girl, Annabel. Hearing the news of the previous “World’s Tallest Dog” record holder, Dave’s friend Paul had suggested that the Nasser’s would enter George for the Guinness World Records. Paul’s children had set up Twitter, Facebook and even a website for the soon to be star. Even though George had yet to be named the largest dog, they had a copious amount of media that wanted Giant George to be featured. There had also been a discrepancy with George’s measurements being accurate or not. Obviously this had not fazed them at all and Giant George had gone on to be announced as “World’s Largest Dog” in the Guinness World Record Book on a very famous woman’s talk show. Since then the Nasser’s life has gone on just as anybody else’s, aside from the fact that they have an enormous dog! They have even welcomed a new son into the world by the name of Luke. Giant George had also been surpassed by another dog, Zeus, in the Guinness World Record Book.While reading Giant George, you will laugh to yourself when reading. I know that I did. My favorite part of the book was when George was a puppy and Dave had smuggled him in and out of their “no dogs allowed” apartment. Another part I particularly enjoyed was the part where the couple was first picking George up in the airport and George had bolted from outside of his crate and ran all over until finally being captured by his new owners. I could also relate really well with Dave when George had put his head on Dave’s lap and just looked up at him. It’s relatable because Dave was right when he said that his heart just melted because my dogs both do this and it is the cutest thing in the world. I’d say the first few chapters were my favorite because of George’s puppy antics. The book did take a depressing turn for a few chapters but it then lightened up towards the end. All in all I would recommend this book to someone, providing that they are a dog lover. I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is a very cute book and does keep you entertained until the very end.

  • Mandy
    2019-03-02 01:52

    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 George tells the story of Dave and Christy Nasser who, after moving to Tucson, Arizona, from California, decide to get a dog. They got George when he was a puppy from a Great Dane breeder in Oregon and soon realized that he was not a typical Great Dane. Weighing in at 245 pounds, 43 inches tall and eating more than 100 pounds of dog food each month, George was eventually named the Guinness World Record Holder for Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever.The best part of this story was learning about Great Danes as a breed. According to the book, Danes are extremely affectionate, love being near people and don’t like being left alone (George would howl and bark if left alone for long periods of time). Nasser also shared some interesting facts about Great Danes, including the need to have their stomachs stapled (to prevent gastric torsion) and the fact that they all squat when going to the bathroom, regardless of the dog’s sex. Some of the decisions that Dave and Christy made throughout the story didn’t seem to make much sense. When they first got George, they were living in an apartment where dogs weren’t allowed. Since they had to constantly sneak a dog outside for fear of getting caught, I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t wait to get a pet until they were in a different apartment. Additionally, Christy’s job required her to travel much of the time, leaving Dave alone to care for the dog. I wasn’t sure why she wanted a dog when she’s not home, much less a breed that needed constant interaction.While I enjoyed learning about George, his personality and Great Danes as a breed, there were a few aspects of the book that I found unnecessary or lacking. Dave spends much of his time – entire chapters – discussing their struggles to have a baby and start a family. I understand this is a significant part of their lives, but George’s role wasn’t mentioned as much as it could have been. I also would have loved to learn more about why George grew to such a tremendous size. Was the vet ever able to figure it out? Is it genetic? Being that the book is about the world’s biggest dog, it would be great to know the reasoning behind the anomaly. Last, my copy didn’t include any pictures. Maybe my copy didn’t include any because it was the e-book galley, but a book about an enormous dog should include pictures of that enormous dog!The writing in Giant George is a little awkward and elementary sounding, and it left me frustrated with some unanswered questions. However, if you’re a dog person and enjoy hearing about their personalities and interactions with humans, this book is a quick read that will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling.Giant George was published in April, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. I received an advanced copy of the e-book from the publisher via Net Galley.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-02-25 23:55

    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, but after searching thoroughly in the state of Arizona, they couldn't find any that would be ready to adopt right now. They did locate a breeder in Oregon who had some ready to go, and after careful selection from talking on the phone with her and email correspondence, they settle on a runt of the litter, a blue male dog they would name George.The only problem facing the Nasser's now was finding a home soon enough and so they managed to hide George from the apartment managers and nosy neighbors until he got too large to hide. It was with great luck, they found a suitable fixer-upper thanks to Dave's job in Real Estate. They would soon discover that their problems would only continue to grow at such an alarming rate that what they dreamed of, would be much bigger than they could handle. Much bigger!In the novel, Giant George, Life with the World's Biggest Dog by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee, the reader is in for the ride of their life, when they see just what happens when the Nasser's adopt the runt of the litter, only to have it turn out to literally be, the World's Largest Dog, EVER! It's a delightful story into the joys of raising George, and all the problems that go hand in hand with raising a large breed dog, who truly believes he is one of the family. I mean how do you manage a 245 pound dog?I received Giant George compliments of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. This is a must read for dog lovers everywhere and for those of you that dream of owning a large breed dog, you might just want to check this one out first to make sure you know what you're getting yourself in for. I rate this one a GIANT 5 out of 5 stars and think this one is going to make you smile all the way through it.

  • Tori *BookLuv*
    2019-03-08 04:07

    I would give this book so many more stars if I could! I love how Dave Nasser tells the story of him owning the BIGGEST DOG EVER!

  • Lelia Taylor
    2019-03-26 00:03

    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 were the right people for him but, thankfully, he just couldn’t let George go. Life has never been quite the same since for George’s family and friends. After all, who would expect to have to provide a queen-sized mattress for a dog to sleep on or that an enormous dog would be afraid of being alone or that he’d refuse to step in snow?The anecdotes told by Dave Nasser are funny and sniffly and awe-inspiring, all at the same time, and there’s something new and entertaining to read about in every chapter. Even at a time when Dave and Christie are faced with heartbreak, George makes things a little bit easier. Each time I tell friends about George, I find myself smiling and laughing and, after all, making us love them is what dogs are all about, isn’t it?Giant George is pure pleasure from beginning to end and it’s one I’m sure to re-read, something I rarely do. If you love animals and want a heartwarming story, you can’t go wrong with this one. In the meantime, you can find George on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as well as on his own website.Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2012.

  • L Sullivan
    2019-02-27 04:02

    For some reason, I am hooked on memoirs that involve animals. Mostly, they are about dogs and cats, but I've also read two involving roosters. As this is a genre I tend to like, Giant George seemed like a perfect fit.The book is about George, a Great Dane who was adopted into the Nasser family as a puppy. He was the runt of the litter and was chosen simply because Dave and his wife Christie thought he would make a great pet. As George reaches his first birthday, it is evident to the Nassers and to their vet that George is a little different. Standing taller and weighing more than the average Great Dane, they begin to realize he is something truly special and unique."Giant George" focuses a lot of the family and the ups and downs they had while trying to start a family. In the second half of the book, the focus shifts to their quest to get George into the Guinness Book of World Records. It felt to me like two books, rather than one cohesive story. I enjoyed the family part, but the Guinness part dragged on too long and wasn't as interesting. The author tries to build suspense regarding whether or not George will get the nod from Guinness, but the photos in the center of the book gave me the answer without having to read anything.I loved George, the dog. I would love to meet him and get a chance to see for myself how big he really is. I would love to feel his velvety ears and get a slobbery kiss from him, but his book was a little flat. I was a bit disappointed.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-02-26 05:12

    “Giant George” by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee, published by Grand Central Life & Style.Category – Animals/DogsDave 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 problem for George; he just took up residence on their King size bed. This is a story of a family, one that started out with Dave, Christie, and George. It shows how they bonded together, sometimes under trying circumstances, especially for Dave. How they overcame two failed pregnancies but now have two wonderful children. It is fair to say that George, now Giant George, helped them get through these tough times. It is the story of how they were able to have Giant George entered into the Guinness Book of World Records, not only as the Worlds Biggest Dog – but the Worlds Biggest Dog EVER!!!!!!A story that can be enjoyed by everyone, especially dog lovers but most of us will see a little of Giant George in out dogs. Giant George has gone on to celebrity status on the Oprah Winfrey Show and continues to appear on news programs, schools, hospitals, and anywhere else where he can provide a service. Giant George has taken this all in stride and remains a lovable, drooling puppy almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds.

  • Janet
    2019-02-27 03:02

    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 tragically. I know God has his ways and reasons for everything (and nothing bad is ever, ever punishment inflicted by Him on this earth. He does not work that way and therefore, neither are we His puppets.) And then the second pregnancy not viable either. How can anybody deal with what they had to deal with? I am not easily brought to tears but I certainly should some tears while reading this book.One thing I can understand ,is how wonderfully a dog can comfort a human in severe distress. The book moved on beautifully as these two very sweet people managed to recapture the joy of life... with George helping them right along. I am so very happy that now they have two beautiful healthy children. I am very glad this book did not end with George's death. I know now that he has since passed away, but he enjoyed such a great life and it still celebrated. One thing I greatly wish is that the pictures of George on the website that show him so terribly thin and near death were not there.

  • Lee-ann Graff-vinson
    2019-03-19 00:12

    Book Title: Giant GeorgeAuthor: Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-LeePublished By: Grand Central Life & Style Hachette Book GroupRecommended Age: 15+Reviewed By: Lee-Ann Graff-VinsonBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think AloudRating: 3 This is the story of George. As dogs go, Great Danes are one of the largest breeds around. George just happens to be not only a Great Dane, but also the world’s largest dog . . .ever.Author, Dave Nasser introduces us to his constant companion, as well as his family and friends, in a story which takes you on the sometimes uphill battle of owning the largest dog on the planet. At over seven feet from head to tail, when George doesn’t want to do something, Dave is hard-pressed to force his lovable pal into movement. The trials and tribulations of life with George are nothing when compared to the size of his heart and feelings of protection toward his owners.Giant George is a “feel good” story which follows the lives of one family as they realize just how special George really is. If you are a dog-lover or just simply enjoy a happy “tail”, pick up a copy of this book and feel the love. Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson is the author of ‘Georgia’s Smile’, ‘Love’s Trust’, ‘Callie’s Fate’, ‘Love And Liberty’ (also available in print), her children’s picture book series ‘Queen Emily’s Enchanted Kingdom – Sugarland’, and her most recent release ‘Queen Emily’s Enchanted Kingdom – Litterbug’ available in kindle and print versions.

  • Karen Ball
    2019-03-03 05:54

    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 reputable breeder, who agreed to ship them their new puppy. George arrived in a crate at the airport, bewildered and shaking from the travel ordeal of being in the darkened hold of the airplane all alone. He was little, but he had enormous feet, as many large breed dogs do when they are young. Christie held him in her lap all the way home, and everyone fell in love with little George. George didn't stay little long, though -- even the experienced vet was astonished at his growth rate. Eventually friends started to joke about George going for a Guinness Book record, which led to his eventual title, Facebook page, website, appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show and other national shows! George's family experienced some serious sadness along the way, when Christie lost two babies before they were born, but after baby Annabel was born healthy and happy, life took a much happier (and more chaotic) turn. 7th grade and up, recommended as great chapter nonfiction!