Saturday, April 14, 2012

(50)Giant George

Giant George 
with Lynn Barrett - Lee 

Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Pages: 272

Once you become a  “dog person” you are always a “dog person”.   Some peopl e are born into “dog families” and learn to love dogs from a very young age.  Some people grow into “dog people” because of a certain dog that comes into their lives.  Other people marry a dog person and by default they become “dog people”.   That was the case for Dave.   He didn't think that he would ever be a “dog person”, yet when it became one of his fiance’s stipulations for moving to Tuscon, he agreed.

So Dave & his wife got married and after lots of research and thorough vetting, they decided on adopting a Great Dane.  They knew that Great Danes were big dogs, but they had no idea that when they adopted Giant George as a fourteen pound puppy that he would turn out to be the tallest dog ever.  They started to get an idea that they had a special dog on their hands when they took George to the vet  at age three for his yearly visit and he topped the  scales at 245 pounds and standing 43 inches tall. (just for the record, that is really, really big) .  Dave and his friends start on a quest to get The Guiness Book of World Records to recognize that George is the tallest dog.  There quest garners attention from media outlets all over the country, even the Queen of Media herself, Oprah Winfrey.

Dog people are going to love the story of Giant George.  He is a sweet and loving dog owned by sweet and loving people.  I read this book in the car while on vacation and found myself sharing George’s statistics with my Husband.  I even recall saying “And you think that *I* spoil our dogs” when I heard the whole mess with a bed for George in the hotel room.  I love my 100 pound dogs, but they are just fine sleeping on the floor.  Lol. 
I once worked with a woman, a dog person herself, who once said that dog books never end well.   Thankfully Giant George ends with George as a perfectly happy dog recovering from his travels as “World’s Tallest Dog.  Dog people are going to love Giant George, others probably not so much.


Lisa Mandina said...

Sounds so good! I need to start reading more dog books, but like you said, they usually don't end well.

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