World's tallest dog Gibson loses cancer battle

Grass Valley Great Dane a frequent celebrity guest in Auburn
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A frequent celebrity guest in the Auburn area, Gibson – the world’s tallest dog – has died of cancer. The Grass Valley canine died on Friday and owner Sandy Hall announced his death on the Web site Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest pooch when he was 2, Gibson was 7. The dog was a visitor in Auburn for events like the Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter’s Doggie Derby and made national appearances on TV’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” With a height of seven-feet-plus standing up, the Harlequin Great Dane had its right front leg amputated after being diagnosed with bone cancer in April. “Last week, Gibson began having trouble using his back legs,” veterinarian Peter Walsh said. “X-rays showed the cancer had spread to his spine and his lungs. Ms. Hall made the very difficult decision based on her concern and love for Gibson to have him humanely euthanized.” Gibson died peacefully in Hall’s arms, Walsh said in a statement released Wednesday. Hall said the work on canine cancer awareness initiated after Gibson’s April diagnosis will continue with the Three Paws for the Cause initiative. Brewster, Gibson’s son, will now join her in the campaign. “Gibson and I were blessed with the angels who started forming around us and it is more clear than anything in my life that we will pass it forward,” Hall said. – Gus Thomson