World's Tallest Dog Has Leg Amputated

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.

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  • by becky Location: louisiana on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    How is your dog doing? Has he been able to adjust to the loss of the leg? Good luck to both of you
  • by katie Location: washington on May 17, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    i agree with Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 07:40 PM.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    jean must have voted for obama ,shows how smart this person is
  • by Appalled on May 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    David - You are correct in your assessment of Jean's post, but I couldn't help replying. I agree that there is a fine line between giving you pet quality life and keeping them around for our own reasons. I hope that Gibson is one of the lucky ones who have many more years to share with his family and those he helps in his therapy work.
  • by david Location: Beaufort County on May 17, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    Jean is simply trolling for angry replies. In this endeavor, Jean was quite succesful.

    Responsible pet owners know where to draw the line between humane treatment and self indulgent treatments. We recently lost our lab to aggresive bone cancer and in our case, treatment was ruled out. May you never have to make those tough decisions, for your 4 or 2 legged family members.

  • by Appalled on May 17, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Jean - Let's hope that someone never has the opportunity to "put you down" and get another family member should you get sick. I'll take the company of my four legged family members over most humans any day. They love unconditionally and are never mean, judgmental or cruel. As you've illustrated, it takes very little for a human to display those qualities.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 17, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    I think Jean's point was that spending money to save a dog is stupid, not that the dog was a mixed breed.. I personally think we should be able to "put down" people that think like that.. See how this could work to our advantage?
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    To Jean: Mary is right, Gibson is a "Great Dane", not a mutt,! Obviously you are a heartless person, who doesn't own animals! I have 4 cats, I'd never put them down!
  • by Mary Location: G'ville on May 16, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    Jean did you not read the story, this is not just a dog that's part of a family, but a therapy dog. An animal that brings joy to adults and children, something I'm pretty sure you are not capable of doing. I hope Gibson makes a full recovery.
  • by somebody Location: somewhere on May 16, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    jean i dont know u but u must dont have pets,bc when u have pets they become ur family they are like ur child. could u put ur child down? u r a very rude person to say that. u cant just kill something u love and replace it. how wpould u like it if u got sick and ur hubby and kills just kills u? ur very rude. thats whats wrong with this world today too many rude and hateful ppl.
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