In every generation of dogs, there is always a dog that stands out. The famous or celebrity dogs become a status symbol in society for various reasons. The great Danes are no exception. In fact, they have continued to produce famous dogs since time immemorial. Of the many dogs, one dog clearly stood out. His name was “Gibson”. Many people always have fond memories of this giant dog. It seems like yesterday when he would feature in many television programmes. Many people especially kids would rush home to watch him sing, talk, or do what he knew best; being a Dane. A lucky few also met him across the streets and were amazed at his stature. Indeed he was a large dog.
Who was Gibson?
Gibson was a large Harlequin Dane who resided in Grass Valley in California, United States of America. He was born on the 26th of April 2002. He lived with his owner Sandy Hall. Many people came to know Gibson because of his large stature. Well, Danes are generally big dogs. However, Gibson outclassed the dogs of his generation. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Great Harlequin stood at a height of 42.2 inches (1.07 metres).This was the measured height from the surface to the top edge of his withers. Gibson had an official weight of 82kilograms (180 pounds) at the time of being measured. During his lifetime, he held the record of being the tallest dog in the world. This is a record he held on till his death in 7th August 2009.He was aged 7 years.
What Made Him Special?
Many people remember Gibson as one of the most famous celebrity dogs of his era. Well, he was. As a matter of fact, he went on to become one of the most filmed and documented dogs in his time. Nonetheless, Gibson also stood out in many other areas. His owner, Sandy Hall talks fondly of Gibson. In her words, he states that Gibson was a special dog. He simply made people smile or laugh. The aura around him simply brought out positive and happy energy. Despite his large size, he was a faithful and docile dog. He was always quick to answer to the call of his master and always protective. The viewers loved watching him play various characters on television. At one point he was that ordinary dog. In another instance he was the dog that saved the day.
Lifetime of Achievements
The life of Gibson, one of the most famous celebrity dogs is nothing short of exemplary. Before he left us, he had achieved a feat many people simply admire. With his trademark bandanna, he starred in many television shows. The most notable were; The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He also appeared as the spokes dog in the ForeverLawn show.
The following are some achievements of Gibson:
Nominated in the American Kennel Club 2009 ACE Awards
· Guinness Book of World Record title holder
· Certified as a therapy dog
· Has held the title of Dutchman Meistersinger AKC Pedigree. This title has been recognizing and honoring Great Danes in Germany since 1800s.
· Uttered the words “I love you.”
· “Doggie dribbled” a regulation basketball and also held it in his mouth
“Gibson Speaks” is a book he co-authored and tells of his inspirational life story.
Celebrating the Life of Gibson
His fruitful life was brought to a grinding halt when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. This came at a time when his life was at its peak. Despite going for chemotherapy, the disease was taking a toll on his life. He lost one of his front limbs to the disease. He put-up a brave fight and tried to live like a normal dog. Sadly, on the 7th of August, 2009, Gibson lost the fight and Sally, his owner had him euthanized.
All we have are just but beautiful memories of Gibson. Many who did not know him may think he was just one of the celebrity dogs, an ordinary dog. But he wasn’t. He was more than just a dog. He was family. Maybe not the immediate family, but we all came to accept him as one of us. Yes, he had flaws; yes, he was an animal. But he touched the hearts of many in a special way. People from all walks of life came to love him. His faithfulness, his docile nature, the burst of energy, and much more made him a darling of many. Well, five years ago he left us. But his spirit lives amongst us. So long buddy! You fought a good fight to the end.