Is Titan or Giant George the tallest dog?
Better heel, Titan, there's a new dog in town and he's huge.
The people behind the Guinness World Records have just announced that Giant George, a 250-pound blue Great Dane from Tucson, is now the tallest dog in the books. Standing proud at 3 feet, 7 inches, Giant George bests Titan, a Great Dane from San Diego, by almost an inch.
According to the Associated Press, Guinness officials said there were varying reports on George's height so they sent a judge to verify the measurements, and to Titan's disappointment George is the new record holder.
What does one "win" for being the tallest dog? Besides recognition in the hallowed pages of the Guinness book, George and owner David Nasser will be making an appearance on the Oprah show this afternoon.
Diana Taylor, Titan's owner, is not taking this lying down. On the blog "The Life & Times of the World's Tallest Dog," Taylor says Giant George's measurements were not only conducted from different parts of the dogs, but that Titan's owners are trying to deceive those on the Internet. "These details were conveniently removed from his website when it became obvious that this dog is not only 4" shorter than Titan but, at 39 1/8" at the shoulder wouldn't have made the original cut even if he had submitted his paperwork to Guinness in time for World Records Day."
Among other things, Taylor suggests that those who are familiar with this controversy alert Oprah. Perhaps the talk-show queen can simply have both dogs appear on the program and have them stand next to each other. If indeed George is 4 inches shorter than Titan, it should be obvious to any television viewer.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Giant George, a Great Dane from Tucson, stands over owner David Nasser. Credit: Jacob Chinn / Associated Press