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World’s Tallest Dog Dies at the Age of Five

Posted September 12, 2014 in A Pet's Life

Zeus, a 5-year-old Great Dane from Battle Creek, Michigan and a world record holder has sadly passed away, reports USA Today. Weighing in at 165 lbs. and standing at 7-feet-tall on his hind legs, Zeus was considered the world’s largest dog by Guinness World Records. Zeus stood nearly four feet tall at his shoulders.

According to Kevin Doorlag, Zeus’ guardian, he went through a 30-pound bag of dog food every two weeks. Naturally, some were intimidated but Zeus’ epic stature; but in actuality Zeus was a very loving dog and he even visited schools and hospitals in the area as a therapy dog.

Doorlag explains that he’ll miss watching the joy Zeus would pass along to others. “Those are some of the things I’ll never forget about him, he was definitely a great dog.”

Video of Zeus, taken by Fox 17 News and posted on YouTube under Shinehood’s Channel.


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