The DogChannel Newswire (02-23-10)

Arizona Great Dane is tallest dog ever; family dog protects lost toddler; and other news.

Posted: February 23, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Arizona Great Dane Is Tallest Dog Ever
A 250-pound Great Dane from Arizona gives new meaning to the term "big dog." Guinness World Records says Giant George from Tucson is the tallest dog ever on record. Guinness said Monday that he stands 3 feet, 7 inches tall from paw to shoulder, The Associated Press reports.
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Family Dog Protects Toddler Lost in Desert
A family pet is being hailed as a hero after keeping a wandering toddler safe in the Arizona wilderness. Three-year-old Victoria Bensch disappeared Thursday night while playing outside with her dog Blue. After apparently getting lost, she spent the night outside in 30-degree weather and was found safe early Friday, reports.
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Who Let the Dogs Pig Out?
Someone once said that if your dog is fat you're not getting enough exercise. So it's no surprise that as human obesity rates soar, man's best friend is loyally packing on the pounds as well. "Overweight people are more likely to have overweight dogs," said dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, Reuters reports.
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Pet Vaccinations No Longer One-Size-Fits-All
Until recently, vets simply gave all pets booster shots every year. That's because vaccine manufacturers suggested the regimen. And although veterinarians still believe a yearly checkup will keep pets healthy, the number of vaccines given yearly has diminished, CNN reports.
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