Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet George the Gr-r-reat Dane

Meet George the Gr-r-reat Dane-
George The Great Dane
Good afternoon my dearest Friends & Followers, well I have a great Animal Story for 
you all today. So grab a sit and a good warm cup of coffee or your favorite tea. Then have a 
great read about George the Great Dane. An great friend of my sent the lovely story to me. I hope you all enjoy the tale.
It starts with the folks who fell in love with George the great Dane & the first time they saw 
George, he was no more than a tiny, cowering ball of fuzzy fur. When they opened the door of the crate he would travel in, he would teetered to a standing position and look out at us, then 
move his head slowly from side to side taking in the wonder of it all.  Finally as George grew to trust the couple, as if to weighing them up and deciding if they were acceptable. George did decided they were acceptable and gave them a tentatively push with his little nose forward and finally gave the wife her first lick. As an puppy he even had comically large paws.
George came to the young couple in January of 2006, just a few months after they had got married and set up home  in Arizona. They both had busy jobs, the wife was busy selling medical equipment while the husband was a property developer. However, they have always hope to have a dog once they had a home of their own. Note it was the wife that wanted the 
family dog right away once they found a home. She wanted a Great Dane as they make
great family pets too. So the couple tracked down a litter of 13 born 1,000 miles away in Oregon. Their owner emailed them a photo showing a chaotic jumble of of paws, snouts and tails. Twelve were entangled with one another , however, there was one that their eyes were clearly drawn too. The one pup was standing apart from the rest of the litter. He was clearly the runt too, very endearing to the wife Christie immediately. 
Though it didn't really register, George's paws were comically large even then. However all we 
saw was this very cute puppy. We certainly never dreamed he would one day become the biggest dog in the world, standing nearly 4ft high at the shoulder, 7ft long and weighing nearly 18 stones. As a puppy right now, he just look cute and bewildered. 
They made the long journey with George from Oregon to Phoenix by plane and they picked 
George up from the freight area, tired but unshaken. Once they got George settled into their home, they discovered their plans to be fair but firm parents were wishful thinking. All 
the things that make Great Danes wonderful pets, is their lack of aggression and their 
attachment to humans. Makes them more emotionally and sensitive then most other dogs.
These types of breeds need to be with their pack when their young at all times. At night with their new pup George, with his intensely blue eyes would turned into a caterwauling banshee whenever they tried to leave him alone in the kitchen.  
No matter how much they tried to reminded themselves that they gave George every comfort
a pet could every want - warm dog bed, warm blanket, warm kitchen, squeaky bones and lots of treats and love, each whimper created a picture in their heads of a tragic, abandoned puppy 
abandoned puppy, desperate for his mum. Eventually, they gave in and George's dog bed was brought into the bedroom. 
In the coming months, Christie really began to throw herself into being a mum to the puppy
George. As well as a photo album, he had growth chart that was amazing to read and that the couple was in awe of. At five months, George still acted like a puppy, chasing his tail and playing games of fetch and tug-of-war with his favourite rope. However, he was already the size of a fully-grown Labrador. George was putting on more than a pound a day and he bounded around like Bambi, skittering on our wooden floors and hurling himself at everything he fancied, including us humans too. His displays of affection could leave you pinned temporarily against a wall or even a piece of the furniture.
His size did not go unnoticed in the outside world. Their local park had a section for puppies but we bullied our own section for other owners, who were scared of George size or though that he might hurt their pups , but of course the opposite was always the truth. 
As George got bigger his measurements were more than 7ft from his nose to the tail and he 
weight at 18 stones which is the worlds biggest dog, but he's terrified of the small breed 
chihuahuas odd Eh! This could be one of the reasons; 
the smaller dogs-like chihuahuas would run around and under George, and he'd being constantly sidestepping them, obviously anxious and jittery around these tiny dogs. Slowly they realized that our enormous puppy was an big softy. Besides his terror of being left alone, he had a fear of water, He'd growl anxiously at the side of our swimming pool, alarmed that his pack members would so willing pace themselves in danger of drowning, Plus he had an anxious over very small dogs too. If the pool and small toy dog were George's most-hated places, his most favourite was their bedroom. 
Man best Friends hand/paw
Eventually George outgrew the single mattress that they placed in their bedroom for him, and had to get a comfort of a King-sized so that he could sprawl between the couple like a overindulged prince while they spent half the night clinging to the edges of the bed.
George's Paws were so giant that they made the husband Dave's had child size. 
In the summer of 2006, they solved the bed problem for all, by buying George his very own bed - queen-sized mattress, which he still sleeps on today at the bottom of their bed today. Later, they soon encountered another challenge as George reached dogie puberty. 
Once he had grabbed life by the lapels, now he was grabbing onto leg tables, chair legs, human legs, he wasn't picky and doing what all male dogs do with the vigour of a canine giant. Later George calmed down in the furniture humping after they had him neutered, but then he took up an new hobby. Eating as if it were a Olympic sport! A sausage on the barbecue was like a siren to a passing sailor. You could never turn your back for a second when it came to food. And he was so tall that he actually had to bend down to pinch food off kitchen counters, that is how tall! he is! 
George could reach the highest shelves as well, so they had to hide everything away in cupboards too. Soon, he was getting around 100lb of dry dog food every month.
On the way to the Vet office
When George approached his first birthday November of 2006, he was weighing about 14 stones, It was getting physically impossible to make him go anywhere he didn't want to go!
including the vet's for surgery. George had not forgotten the time he went there in possession of his manhood, and came out less than whole. As soon as he recognized the entrance of the Vet office, he refused to move. So what they had to do was to take George around to the less familiar back door instead. Which worked this time. It seems for all the troubles, that the couple had, George has given them so much more in return. And everything was worth every minute with their beloved George that they love very much. The Following year George was a great comfort for Christie when they lost the child they were carrying. It seems that George could since her grief and Dave's too. During that time George was a constant presence at her side. When she sat, George would sit with her, When she stood up , George would stand up with her and padded alongside her to whenever she was going, never leaving her side even at night time. Even thought that was a very difficult time for the couple, if it wasn't for George they felt they couldn't have made it through without their beloved George. 
George The Great Dane & Dave
As George got a bit older and bigger, his personality grew more delightful. A Male Great Dane
Typically will weigh from nine to 11 stone, but by Christmas time in 2007 our George weighed
at 15 stone (210lbs) , which is bigger than most men. At this point he loved being 
chauffeured around in Dave's golf cart and would sit in it, his haunches on the seat and front legs on the floor. How that would be a sight. By the year 2008 Christmas time George was weighting in at 18 stone. 
[note if you look at the bottom of the post I have added a chart showing thee stone/lb weight difference for you all. I hope this will help in the post] 
It seems when George got to the weight of 18 stone /252lb pounds a friend suggested that they
might be a contender for the Guinness Book of Records, however we had other things to think about Christie had discovered that she was pregnant again.
Well, there was new adventures with George when their daughter Annabel arrived that 
September. George made it clear he wanted nothing to do with this interloper.
Its seems that George was used to spending nights in delightful oblivion at the foot of their bed. How with Annabel's high-decibel presence simply wasn't on. When she would cry, George would wake up, harrumph and then turn over in annoyance. It was clear that 
George was jealous from this new baby that was part of their family. However, once he figured out it was clear that the crying was going to continue, he exhale heavily, till one of us finished that mysterious feeding thing they did with the noisy intruder. Well, its seem that it took a while for George to get use to the newest member of the family, he did love the little girls dolls,
especially a stuffed green one that he would play a nursery rhyme when he squeezed it with his huge paws. So whenever he could , George would place it between his paws and pressed it so he could hear the tune. It later became like a security blanket for George. There was a period of such a big adjustment for George that if this made him happy then it was perfectly fine by the two parents and their patience was rewarded. Slowly, as Annabel got a bit older
George & Annabel 
George began to understand that she was the packs youngest member and in need of his affection and protection too. And on Christmas morning it happened after his three-month sulking ended acknowledged her presence with a lick of her hand. To the couple it was the best every Christmas present they could have ever had. But the good news didn't stop there for the beginning of 2010. It seems over the previous weeks, Christie had applied to the Guinness World of Records People on their George's behalf. That February, one of their adjudicators came to watch George being measured in the presence of a Vet. He was officially declared not just the world's tallest living dog at 43 inches from paw to shoulder but the tallest dog ever. 
Well the story doesn't end there it seems that the following week they flew to Chicago to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show- when it was still on- and were put up in one of the city's most luxurious hotels. They had a huge sitting room, dining area and even a bar, but there was just one problem. There was nowhere for George to Sleep! 
As they enjoyed a gourmet meal and a bottle or red wine that night, he struggled to settle on two roll-out divans provided for him. Infuriatingly, they wouldn't stay together, George had his head on one and back end on the other, but his stomach was sagging onto the carpet.
George the largest Dog ever
and the kindest dog Ever!
After seeing their beloved George struggle to get comfortable, in the hotel the two decided that that they needed to give George their bed to sleep and they sleep on the divans that he was trying to sleep on. So later  their boy was sprawled in splendour in their huge fluffy king-size bed.  Since he appeared on T.V. their beloved Giant George has built a following around 

the world with his own fan club, website and 70,000 fans on Facebook too. Of course none of this means a thing to George. He still spends his days eating, playing , sleeping and is cherished by his family.
I hope that you all enjoyed another Animal tales.. I love animals stories and I love you all my dear Friends & Followers very much hugsss

 Stone is an old unit of mass and has been used commonly in agriculture in some European countries and still in use in UK and Ireland to measure body weight. It equals to 14 lbs and 224 ounces. The abbreviation is "st".

Pound is a unit of mass in imperial and U.S. customary systems. It is defined as 0.45359237 kilogram. The abbreviations are "lb", "lbs".

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