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(Daily Mail)   George, the world's largest dog, started life as the runt of the litter   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 65
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2012-04-10 11:21:31 PM  
Great Dane? More like Greatest Dane amirite?
 
2012-04-11 12:11:31 AM  
Ghost. To me.
 
2012-04-11 12:39:05 AM  
Like a baws.
 
2012-04-11 12:48:20 AM  
Awwwwwww.
 
2012-04-11 01:45:07 AM  
The same thing happened to this guy.

i40.tinypic.com
 
2012-04-11 01:58:31 AM  
If he's a Great Dane, he's not a mutt.
Idiots.
 
2012-04-11 01:59:42 AM  
Apparently riding a dog like a small horse is [not] frowned upon in this establishment.
 
2012-04-11 02:16:09 AM  
Oh "runt". I misread that.
 
2012-04-11 02:16:45 AM  
Holy hell, that dog is my weight or Zimmerman's weight.
 
2012-04-11 02:17:25 AM  

Shostie: Ghost. To me.


images5.fanpop.com
www.omega-level.net

Winter is coming.
 
2012-04-11 02:18:29 AM  
The article says nothing about the size of his um, "leavings"...
 
2012-04-11 02:23:35 AM  

KidKorporate: The article says nothing about the size of his um, "leavings"...


He eats 180 lbs of food a month. You do the math.
 
2012-04-11 02:26:13 AM  

KidKorporate: The article says nothing about the size of his um, "leavings"...


This dog (and world's smallest) were on Animal Planet's Dogs101 yesterday.

Owner said up to 4lbs.... That's much ado
 
2012-04-11 02:27:53 AM  
I hope he lives a long and happy Great Dane life. And stays off my lawn. Although I do have a horse-manure fork in my outdoor closet ...
 
2012-04-11 02:32:48 AM  
I'm currently trying to persuade my wife that we should buy a Newfoundland / St Bernard cross, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-04-11 02:33:34 AM  

poxic: KidKorporate: The article says nothing about the size of his um, "leavings"...

He eats 180 lbs of food a month. You do the math.


I was told there would be no math.
 
HBK
2012-04-11 02:37:36 AM  
Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.
 
2012-04-11 02:40:37 AM  
Outdoor closet? Us poor folks call it *shed*
 
2012-04-11 02:46:22 AM  
Glad to see that wide angle lens is getting some use.

Here's the world's largest scorpion.
www.spiderzrule.com

/hot, like Iraq
 
2012-04-11 02:53:19 AM  

HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.


Unfortunately, the life span of the average Great Dane is somewhere between 6-8 years with some reaching a little higher. With his size, this poor guy won't make it that long. He's a beautiful dog too.

/dusty ass rooms in my house
 
2012-04-11 02:55:38 AM  

rebelyell2006: poxic: KidKorporate: The article says nothing about the size of his um, "leavings"...

He eats 180 lbs of food a month. You do the math.

I was told there would be no math.


I hate Math Labs.
 
2012-04-11 03:03:14 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Glad to see that wide angle lens is getting some use.

Here's the world's largest scorpion.
[www.spiderzrule.com image 290x217]

/hot, like Iraq


http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/spiders/ss/Camel-Spider.htmhttp://ur banlegends.about.com/od/spiders/ss/Camel-Spider.htm (new window)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae (new window)
 
2012-04-11 03:04:55 AM  
Ahhh

alabasterblack: AverageAmericanGuy: Glad to see that wide angle lens is getting some use.

Here's the world's largest scorpion.
[www.spiderzrule.com image 290x217]

/hot, like Iraq

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/spiders/ss/Camel-Spider.htmhttp://ur banlegends.about.com/od/spiders/ss/Camel-Spider.htm (new window)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae (new window)


Dammit. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/spiders/ss/Camel-Spider.htm (new window)
 
2012-04-11 03:07:49 AM  

BigOle8point: Outdoor closet? Us poor folks call it *shed*


I wish I had a shed. That would be cooler - certainly suggestive of a more colorful collection of stuff. What I have is integral to the structure of the house, on the outside, under the cover of a porch.

Next to the alley I do have an "outbuilding" in which I keep my valuable collection of empty cardboard boxes ... (and live cats, when they need shelter from rain)
 
2012-04-11 03:18:13 AM  
I will hug him, and squeeze him, and love him and call him George....

/goes of to hug the pit...
 
2012-04-11 03:24:21 AM  

Natsumi: I will hug him, and squeeze him, and love him and call him George....

/goes of to hug the pit...


Or you could call him Al. But only if you'll be his bodyguard.
 
HBK
2012-04-11 03:35:33 AM  

soupbone: HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.

Unfortunately, the life span of the average Great Dane is somewhere between 6-8 years with some reaching a little higher. With his size, this poor guy won't make it that long. He's a beautiful dog too.

/dusty ass rooms in my house


Jeez that's a really short life span. Why do they keep the breed? That'd be heartbreaking to see a dog die so soon.

/my 30 lb. mutt lived to 17.
//8 isn't enough
 
2012-04-11 03:42:18 AM  

davidphogan: Natsumi: I will hug him, and squeeze him, and love him and call him George....

/goes of to hug the pit...

Or you could call him Al. But only if you'll be his bodyguard.


Would i be his long lost friend then?
 
2012-04-11 03:54:06 AM  

DuncanMhor: I'm currently trying to persuade my wife that we should buy a Newfoundland / St Bernard cross, so I'm getting a kick...


I know a guy whose Newfie killed a burgular.

The poor guy drowned.
 
2012-04-11 04:12:31 AM  

soupbone: HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.

Unfortunately, the life span of the average Great Dane is somewhere between 6-8 years with some reaching a little higher. With his size, this poor guy won't make it that long. He's a beautiful dog too.

/dusty ass rooms in my house


Well, George was born on 17 November 2005, so that makes him 6 and a half already. So he's already beaten the lowest "average" and is well on his way to the highest. He also appears to be in pretty good health, judging by the photos in that article, though it's hard to know if any of them are very recent...
 
2012-04-11 04:48:36 AM  

Wolfmanjames: DuncanMhor: I'm currently trying to persuade my wife that we should buy a Newfoundland / St Bernard cross, so I'm getting a kick...

I know a guy whose Newfie killed a burgular.

The poor guy drowned.


you get the 'lil ball o' sunshine' award
 
2012-04-11 05:10:23 AM  
With a dog like that any other security system would be overkill
 
2012-04-11 05:22:53 AM  

jtown: Apparently riding a dog like a small horse is [not] frowned upon in this establishment.


b.imagehost.org

Sees what you did there.
 
2012-04-11 06:57:20 AM  

HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.


Size and lifespan is a correlation, but it's not absolute by any means. There are larger breeds that do better than others. And a lot is based on the individual. My experience with labs is generally the worse it would do in a show the longer it lives. I think because that means it was inbred less. My parents have a yellow lab that's 15 now. Her hips are just now starting to become arthritic, but that's a pretty good run for a dog that size.

I'd love to have a dane, especially a blue, I think they're beautiful, but yeah, I couldn't deal with that short a life span.

My aunt had a 3/4 dane 1/4 rotweiller mix. That dog was HUGE. 175 lbs at one point I believe. Fortunately his demeanor was all dane.
 
2012-04-11 07:01:27 AM  
Well I just spent five minutes talking to the pictures from TFA. Makes my 125 lb. Lab look a wee bit puny. Which brings me to this:

I recently took the already mentioned Lab to the dog park. There was an 8 month old black Dane there by the name of Chevy. He could have nearly stood over my 3 year old pup. Diesel (that's my boy) just stood there with an odd look of amazement. He was totally enthralled with the big dog and did everything he could to get him to horseplay. Usually it's the damn little terriers antagonizing him but this time he was the "little" pest. Absolute entertainment.

As for size and longevity, yeah George might not have an extended time. However my dead departed 130 lb. chocolate Lab did make it to 14 years and my 100 lb black Lab is still going strong at 15+ years. A healthy diet and exercise does wonders for extending a dog's life.
 
2012-04-11 07:13:10 AM  

Mose: HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.

Size and lifespan is a correlation, but it's not absolute by any means. There are larger breeds that do better than others. And a lot is based on the individual. My experience with labs is generally the worse it would do in a show the longer it lives. I think because that means it was inbred less. My parents have a yellow lab that's 15 now. Her hips are just now starting to become arthritic, but that's a pretty good run for a dog that size.

I'd love to have a dane, especially a blue, I think they're beautiful, but yeah, I couldn't deal with that short a life span.

My aunt had a 3/4 dane 1/4 rotweiller mix. That dog was HUGE. 175 lbs at one point I believe. Fortunately his demeanor was all dane.


If your parents' Lab isn't already on some kind of pain management for its hips, I totally recommend Metacam. I thought I was going to have to put my older Lab down 2 1/2 years ago because he was really aching a lot. As in howling in pain every time be tried to get up from his bed. My vet (who is a Lab nut like me) wanted to see how he would do with a little bit of help. We gave him he first dose of the stuff and that night he nearly dragged me around the block. It was the one of the best Christmas presents ever for me. The stuff ain't the cheapest med (small bottle runs $60, lasts me a couple of months and they do offer a $5 rebate) but it is amazingly effective.
 
2012-04-11 07:18:04 AM  

retriever: Mose: HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.

Size and lifespan is a correlation, but it's not absolute by any means. There are larger breeds that do better than others. And a lot is based on the individual. My experience with labs is generally the worse it would do in a show the longer it lives. I think because that means it was inbred less. My parents have a yellow lab that's 15 now. Her hips are just now starting to become arthritic, but that's a pretty good run for a dog that size.

I'd love to have a dane, especially a blue, I think they're beautiful, but yeah, I couldn't deal with that short a life span.

My aunt had a 3/4 dane 1/4 rotweiller mix. That dog was HUGE. 175 lbs at one point I believe. Fortunately his demeanor was all dane.

If your parents' Lab isn't already on some kind of pain management for its hips, I totally recommend Metacam. I thought I was going to have to put my older Lab down 2 1/2 years ago because he was really aching a lot. As in howling in pain every time be tried to get up from his bed. My vet (who is a Lab nut like me) wanted to see how he would do with a little bit of help. We gave him he first dose of the stuff and that night he nearly dragged me around the block. It was the one of the best Christmas presents ever for me. The stuff ain't the cheapest med (small bottle runs $60, lasts me a couple of months and they do offer a $5 rebate) but it is amazingly effective.


Thanks, I believe that's exactly what she's on, per a recommendation from a Tufts vet.
 
2012-04-11 07:36:11 AM  
I used to live in an apartment next to a dancer who used Great Danes in her act. She had four of them. They were huge. And she was little. Maybe 4'10"? She would take them out for a walk in the pasture behind the apartment complex and we would make jokes about her riding her dogs.

I had a chance to talk to her husband once. He was trying to convince her to go back to something smaller. Like doves or guinea pigs or anything else that didn't eat a truckload of kibbles every week.
 
2012-04-11 07:49:32 AM  

retriever: Well I just spent five minutes talking to the pictures from TFA. Makes my 125 lb. Lab look a wee bit puny. Which brings me to this:

I recently took the already mentioned Lab to the dog park. There was an 8 month old black Dane there by the name of Chevy. He could have nearly stood over my 3 year old pup. Diesel (that's my boy) just stood there with an odd look of amazement. He was totally enthralled with the big dog and did everything he could to get him to horseplay. Usually it's the damn little terriers antagonizing him but this time he was the "little" pest. Absolute entertainment.

As for size and longevity, yeah George might not have an extended time. However my dead departed 130 lb. chocolate Lab did make it to 14 years and my 100 lb black Lab is still going strong at 15+ years. A healthy diet and exercise does wonders for extending a dog's life.


You are over feeding your dogs, dude. 88lbs should be the max weight, and that is for males.

DuncanMhor: I'm currently trying to persuade my wife that we should buy a Newfoundland / St Bernard cross, so I'm getting a kick...


Why pay for what is essentially a mutt and keep a breeder like this in business? It is not a "designer breed". You also run the risk of getting the worst of both breeds healthwise. You can do what you want with your money. But you could go to your local Humane Society and save a life. They would be eternally grateful, I am sure.

My best friend just had to put down her Irish wolfhound (life expectancy 6-10yrs). The wolfhound was nine.
 
2012-04-11 08:37:19 AM  

jackandwater: retriever: Well I just spent five minutes talking to the pictures from TFA. Makes my 125 lb. Lab look a wee bit puny. Which brings me to this:

I recently took the already mentioned Lab to the dog park. There was an 8 month old black Dane there by the name of Chevy. He could have nearly stood over my 3 year old pup. Diesel (that's my boy) just stood there with an odd look of amazement. He was totally enthralled with the big dog and did everything he could to get him to horseplay. Usually it's the damn little terriers antagonizing him but this time he was the "little" pest. Absolute entertainment.

As for size and longevity, yeah George might not have an extended time. However my dead departed 130 lb. chocolate Lab did make it to 14 years and my 100 lb black Lab is still going strong at 15+ years. A healthy diet and exercise does wonders for extending a dog's life.

You are over feeding your dogs, dude. 88lbs should be the max weight, and that is for males.

DuncanMhor: I'm currently trying to persuade my wife that we should buy a Newfoundland / St Bernard cross, so I'm getting a kick...

Why pay for what is essentially a mutt and keep a breeder like this in business? It is not a "designer breed". You also run the risk of getting the worst of both breeds healthwise. You can do what you want with your money. But you could go to your local Humane Society and save a life. They would be eternally grateful, I am sure.

My best friend just had to put down her Irish wolfhound (life expectancy 6-10yrs). The wolfhound was nine.


This. Rescues are where it's at. My dog, Henry, was a rescue. He's just pure love. I don't see why people should buy from breeders when rescues are going to be better dogs.
 
2012-04-11 08:47:00 AM  

pxlboy: I don't see why people should buy from breeders when rescues are going to be better dogs.


I'm going to assume that you're actually serious and not trolling.

The fact that shelters exist at all is, to me, a serious failure on the part of humanity.

Serious (not backyard) breeders care a lot about their breed of choice and take a lot of care to ensure that their breeding lines are free from eye, hip and other genetic issues that affect their dogs. They often frequently breed for temperament (as opposed to the show ring) as well because 99% of their dogs are going to go home with your average family.

Now, where do you think your average shelter mutt comes from? Certainly not a loving breeder. Most likely some asshole who didn't bother to spay/neuter his pet and now has a litter of puppies on his hands that he has no idea how to care for.

Honestly, if everyone got their dogs from a shelter, where do you think *new* dogs are going to come from in 20 years?

- Some asshole didn't bother to neuter/spay his pet and now has a litter of puppies on his hands that he has no idea what to do with or how to care for them
 
2012-04-11 08:53:31 AM  
Do they hug him and squeeze him and call him George?
 
2012-04-11 09:04:16 AM  
And then an army of Greek hoplites fell out of his ass.
 
2012-04-11 09:08:05 AM  
Getting a kick etc.

They really are sweet dogs.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-11 09:14:08 AM  
BigOle8point: Outdoor closet? Us poor folks call it *shed*

I'll bet you called a "rooty tooty point and shooty" a gun, too!!
 
2012-04-11 09:36:07 AM  

soupbone: HBK: Poor dog. How old is he? My understanding is the bigger the dog, shorter the life. Being purebred doesn't help either. Poor fella.

Unfortunately, the life span of the average Great Dane is somewhere between 6-8 years with some reaching a little higher. With his size, this poor guy won't make it that long. He's a beautiful dog too.

/dusty ass rooms in my house


seems his quality of life is pretty good and that he is loved so no matter how long his time here with his family may be I am sure it will be full and worthwhile.

/now i feel bad for trying to smack my little pug this morning when I was trying to jump my wife's car. just too much excitement for the little guy but it was only 6:00 am.
 
2012-04-11 09:51:20 AM  

retriever: Well I just spent five minutes talking to the pictures from TFA. Makes my 125 lb. Lab look a wee bit puny. Which brings me to this:

I recently took the already mentioned Lab to the dog park. There was an 8 month old black Dane there by the name of Chevy. He could have nearly stood over my 3 year old pup. Diesel (that's my boy) just stood there with an odd look of amazement. He was totally enthralled with the big dog and did everything he could to get him to horseplay. Usually it's the damn little terriers antagonizing him but this time he was the "little" pest. Absolute entertainment.

As for size and longevity, yeah George might not have an extended time. However my dead departed 130 lb. chocolate Lab did make it to 14 years and my 100 lb black Lab is still going strong at 15+ years. A healthy diet and exercise does wonders for extending a dog's life.


Why are your dogs so fat?
 
2012-04-11 10:14:42 AM  

mytdawg: Getting a kick etc.

They really are sweet dogs.

[i174.photobucket.com image 577x1024]


That they are, but so help me they look like they would have an accent not unlike
that of Jethro from THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES if they could talk.

/And I mean that in the most endearing way possible.
 
2012-04-11 10:15:27 AM  
260lbs is big, but as a mastiff owner not that abnormal. Big = volume and I'd suggest the density of most dogs is similar. Male English Mastiffs often push into the 230 to 270 range. It would surprise me that this guy's the "biggest" by volume. Shoulder height and length sure, but not volume.

Cute little bugger though.
 
2012-04-11 10:16:30 AM  

chookbillion: retriever: Well I just spent five minutes talking to the pictures from TFA. Makes my 125 lb. Lab look a wee bit puny. Which brings me to this:

I recently took the already mentioned Lab to the dog park. There was an 8 month old black Dane there by the name of Chevy. He could have nearly stood over my 3 year old pup. Diesel (that's my boy) just stood there with an odd look of amazement. He was totally enthralled with the big dog and did everything he could to get him to horseplay. Usually it's the damn little terriers antagonizing him but this time he was the "little" pest. Absolute entertainment.

As for size and longevity, yeah George might not have an extended time. However my dead departed 130 lb. chocolate Lab did make it to 14 years and my 100 lb black Lab is still going strong at 15+ years. A healthy diet and exercise does wonders for extending a dog's life.

Why are your dogs so fat?


We have a purebred Golden Retriever who was the "runt" of the litter. He's about 115 pounds, and will be 8 Christmas Day. We've tried everything to get him to lose weight (diet food, very few treats, walking 2KM every day, also he's very active in playing with his "brother," the golden mix we got at a rescue shelter a year later, who's about 80 pounds, and tall), and it just doesn't seem to work, so dogs can be "fat" even if you aren't overfeeding them. He's really stocky, and if he were human, he'd be your stereotypical linebacker. He's more of a British build, rather than a US one, and apparently his sire was stocky and large too.

My dogs would love to be able to play with George.
 
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