Zeus, the world’s tallest dog, is no more.
The Great Dane’s owner, Kevin Doorlag, told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus died last week of old age. He would have turned 6 in November.
Zeus, who lived in Otsego, Mich., was named the world’s tallest dog by the Guinness World Records in 2012. Here’s how the folks at Guinness described him:
“Measuring an incredible 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers, Zeus is the same size as an average donkey.
“Standing on hind legs, he stretches to 7 ft 4 in and towers over his owner Denise Doorlag.
“The humongous hound weighs 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and eats around 12 cups of food a day (equivalent to one whole 30-lb bag of food!).”
Doorlag described Zeus as a “wonderful dog.”
“We’ll really miss him,” he said.
The newspaper adds: “He said he and his wife, Denise, will especially miss letting Zeus sit on their laps while the family would grill on their deck. …
“In addition to his international fame, Zeus was well known throughout the Kalamazoo area due to frequent trips to area schools and hospitals, where he served as a therapy dog.”