World's tallest dog loses leg to bone cancer
May 15 2009 02:12PM CDT
The world's tallest dog is battling bone cancer that forced the amputation of one of his front legs.
Gibson stands 3 1/2-feet tall at the shoulder and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The black and white great Dane from Grass Valley, Calif., stretches more than 7 feet tall when he stands on his hind legs.
Veterinarians found a tumor on Gibson's right front leg and had to amputate. The dog will also undergo chemotherapy. He was recuperating this week at his home in Grass Valley, a Gold Rush-era town 60 miles east of Sacramento.
Owner Sandy Hall says well-wishers from around the world have been asking how he is doing.
Gibson is a certified therapy dog and will soon return to work visiting veterans, sick children, burn victims and fellow cancer patients.
When asked by reporters what he thought about returning to work, Gibson replied, "Ruff,woof,woof,ruff, woof, woof," which, according to Ms. Hall translates: "Someone around here has to earn some money; it's certainly not Sandy. All she does is sit around watching TV all day and watching the dogs mate, so she can sell some more puppies. Like we need more Great Dane puppies in this country."