Junction man’s big dog could be taller than Guinness Book record holder
No, he’s not a horse, but Remington may just be the tallest dog in the world.
At least, that’s what the owner of the 3-year-old blue Great Dane hopes to prove to officials with the Guinness Book of World Records.
It all started when Grand Junction resident Josh Peterson was watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show earlier this week.
On the show, the famed daytime talk-show host featured Giant George, a 245-pound blue Great Dane from Tucson, Ariz., that measured 43 inches tall, which was verified by a Guinness “adjudicator” and instantly proclaimed on Feb. 22 as the record holder.
After seeing that program, however, Peterson pulled out his own measuring tape.
Remington, who weighs about 185 pounds, came in at 7 feet, 8 inches long and 43 3/8 inches tall.
Problem is: Peterson isn’t sure exactly how a dog’s height is measured.
“When I measured Remi the best I could, he looks as if he could come in a little taller, but he’s definitely longer, by five inches,” Peterson said.
“It’s hard to tell exactly. They used an adjustable square. I’m using a cloth tape and I’m measuring from floor to the same spot on his shoulders.”
Peterson is trying to get the attention of Guinness officials to see if he can get someone to verify his dog’s height.
He’s even created a Facebook fan page called Big Rem to call more attention to him. The dog already has 133 fans, while Giant George’s Facebook page has nearly 37,000.
Giant George edged out the previous record holder by three-fourths of an inch. The holder before that was only 0.05 inch 0 shorter.
Peterson said that while his pet could turn out to be the tallest in the world, he’ll never be its biggest alpha dog.
He and his wife, Lea, got the dog a couple of years ago because they wanted a second pet to match the energy level of their other dog, a 6-year-old basset hound named Patches.
“When Remi’s got a bone, and Patches wants it, all she has to do is bark once,” Peterson said.
“He’ll drop it and walk away. He walks a fine line around her. She’s the boss, and it’s funny to watch.”