Bruschi, a Boston terrier, has the biggest eyes of any dog in the world.
So says Guinness World Records, which measured them.
Bruschi’s eyes measure 28 millimeters — more than one inch in diameter. Each.
The four-year-old dog’s owner, Victoria Reed, adopted him from a shelter in 2009, according to People.com.
She said she sought out the official distinction after all the comments she’d get on her dog’s bulging eyes – from friends, family and even her own vet.
We won’t diminish Bruschi’s achievement by getting all bogged down in how some breeders attempt to produce caricatures of dog breeds, including pups with bigger eyes — that being considered the foremost factor in how much dogs appeal to us humans.
We won’t question whether, by shining a spotlight on Bruschi, Guinness is encouraging breeders to create even more freakish dogs.
And we’ll just barely mention that one of Bruschi’s eyeballs popped out of its socket last year, and that he has only peripheral vision in both eyes.
People.com says “the energetic and playful pooch loves to play dress-up and is otherwise in perfectly good health.”
“Some people do make fun of him for his looks,” she told Guinness. “But I feel like he would go up to them and say, ‘Haha, look where I am now, I’ve got a record for my looks!’”
Posted by jwoestendiek May 31st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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How tall is Boomer?
Tall enough to drink from the kitchen faucet, while all four feet are on the ground.
Tall enough to look peer through a car window, and look down on the driver.
Boomer measures 3 feet tall at the shoulders and is 7 feet long from nose to tail.
His owner, Caryn Weber, of North Dakota, is seeking to have the 3-year-old Landseer Newfoundland listed in the Guinness World Records.
The previous record-holder for world’s tallest dog was a four-foot-tall harlequin Great Dane named Gibson, who died in August.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Samson — the biggest dog in all of Britain — has been put on a crash diet after vets decided he was too heavy to undergo a life-saving operation.
Public donations have poured in to help Samson — who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall on his hind legs – get the operation, but his vets say because of his weight (280 pounds) he would not recover properly, and might never walk again were the surgery to take place now.
Samson, a Great Dane-Newfoundland mix, has a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left hind leg.
His owners Ray and Julie Woods, from Wyberton, Lincolnshire, say the four-year-old dog will begin a regimen of dieting, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in an attempt to get his weight down.
“The operation is on hold for the time being,” said Mrs. Woods, “but we have been told that there is a 90 per cent chance that he will need it in the next six months.”
Posted by jwoestendiek November 6th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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News that the biggest dog in Britain needs an operation his owners can’t afford — and that the likely alternative will be euthanasia — has led to an generous outpouring from dog lovers.
According to a website set up to raise money for his operation, more than 2,000 of the needed 2,500 pounds has already been sent in — along with comments from dozens of well-wishers.
“Mr. & Mrs. Woods, you are super people and I hope our donation has helped toward the much-needed surgery for Samson,” said a message posted by “2 disabled pensioners.”
“Samson best of luck with the fund raising, I think your owners great for taking care of you. If everyone sends a little we can help.” read another comment. “Best of luck! Ireland.”
Then there was this: “Hi. My husband are the owners of 2 big dogs, both from rescue centres. We are not currently in a position to help financially. We live close by and this story brings me to tears … We are here thought to offer any other help which you need for Samson. We live 15 minutes away.”
It’s like I always say: Dogs bring out the best in people.
To see all the comments, click here.
Samson, the biggest dog in all of Britain, faces being put down because his owners can’t afford a life-saving operation on his hind leg, the British press is reporting.
Both the Mail and the Telegraph say Samson’s owners, Julie and Ray Woods, have issued a plea for help in paying for the surgery. Unfortunately, neither news organization providing any information on how one might go about assisting.
The Woods say Samson ruptured the cruciate ligament on his left hind leg, and that they cannot afford to pay the 1,400 pounds needed for special surgery.
“Samson is in crisis. Without the surgery it could end up being euthanasia. It really is quite desperate. We are very upset, we love him to bits,” Julie Woods is quoted as saying.
Samson is a four-year-old Great Dane-Newfoundland mix. He stands 6-feet, 6-inches tall on his on his hind legs. One report says Samson has a 29-inch neck, paws the size of dinner plates and can hold a full-size football in his mouth. The Woods from Wyberton, Lincolnshire, bought Samson from an RSPCA center when he was six months old.
Up to now the animal charity PDSA has helped to pay for Samson’s vet bills, but Julie said they cannot stretch to pay for the surgery. “‘PDSA have been brilliant because it has so far cost quite a lot of money, but unfortunately they can’t pay for such expensive surgery … We are just appealing to anybody who can help.”
Samson isn’t the world’s biggest dog — that honor belongs to mastiff named Hercules from Massachusetts.