Meet 'Giant George' the 7ft-long blue great dane who could be the world's tallest dog

Standing at nearly 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder and weighing a staggering 245lbs could this be the world's new tallest dog?

Pictured here in the parks of Tuscon, Arizona, George, a four-year-old blue great dane, looks more like a miniature horse than a dog.

The gentle giant, who measures 7ft 3ins from nose to tail, could be a prime contender to take the title from the former record holder, Gibson, a harlequin Great Dane who passed away from cancer last August.

Now George's owners, David and Christine Nasser, are awaiting confirmation from Guinness World Records to see if he has achieved the lofty heights.

'He's 42.625 inches at the shoulder,' said David. 'He's very very unique.'

According to David, George consumes 110lbs of food every month, and sleeps alone in his own Queen Size Bed.

David and Christine raised George from when he was 7 weeks old, but never expected him to grow so big.

The couple eventually had to move their aptly named dog out of their king sized bed, when he grew too large for the three of them to share the same sheets.

Dr. William Wallace of the Buena Pet Clinic in Tucson, who witnessed the documentation necessary for the Guinness record, said: 'In my 45 years of experience working with giant breed dogs, without question, George is the tallest dog I have ever seen.'

David is currently rushing to get that necessary documentation into Guinness as other dog owners are coming forth claiming the record.

As they wait for the results to come through, George is busy occupying himself with his new found stardom and even has a Facebook fan page and Twitter accounts for his adorning fans.

It appears as though the sky's the limit for this mammoth hound.

The Christmas slanket for watching TV

It's the perfect present for those who need help coping with cold winter evenings.

To prove it, the Slanket is a huge Christmas hit with thousands of buyers, leaving its suppliers struggling to keep up with demand.

The Slanket, so named as it is a blanket with over-sized sleeves, is designed to keep wearers warm as they lounge on the sofa watching TV or reading a book.

Christian Robinson, from internet site Firefox, said: 'We are selling over 1,000 a day, and as soon as we get more delivered, they are selling out.

'It's been amazing. We just can't get them into the country fast enough.'

The £25 garment can cover the wearer from neck to foot, keeping them cosy even if they get up to make a cup of tea or answer the door.

It was invented in 1998 by Gary Clegg, a student struggling to keep warm in a flat in the U.S. state of Maine during sub-zero temperatures.

He said: 'I decided I needed to tear a hole in my sleeping bag so I could keep my upper body warm as I channel- surfed during the commercial breaks. During the Christmas vacation, I commissioned the first Slanket to be made by my mother. . . and it was born.'

Mr Clegg, 30, added that the original version was a blanket with one sleeve which he used all through college. He later redesigned it to have two sleeves.

The product was a huge seller in the U.S., netting him millions.

Made of a polyester fleece material, there is a version for children and even a double slanket for couples.

The single adult version measures a very generous 60in by 95in. They are open at the back and worn like an apron.

In Britain, Lakeland started stocking them in September last year and has sold nearly 250,000 since.

The Slanket has attracted a celebrity following, including an appearance by Bruce Willis wearing one on the David Letterman show.

But Tom Dunmore, from Stuff magazine, said: 'There is something very wrong about someone wearing a

Slanket. They are most definitely not high fashion but they've an amazing phenomenon.

'I think people are spending more time at home and there is also an argument that you could save on heating. However, I would have to advise them to just put on a nice jumper instead.'

Other presents which have sold out this year include the robotic Go- Go Hamster and the Lucky Voice home karaoke kit.

Now, how do I outfox the ticket inspectors? (or how an undeniably urban fox rode a Tube station escalator)

Scrabbling through bins and dodging the traffic doesn’t make you a real urban fox.

But catching the Tube definitely does. This city gent dashed on to the escalator at Walthamstow Central in East London at the weekend.

He got all the way down to the bottom before staff shooed him back up again.

Then, unsure what to do, he sat at the top of the escalator as his fellow travellers watched in surprise.

Kate Arkless Gray, 29, who took the photo, watched as the fox eventually trotted out of the station.

'As I got off the train I saw this daring creature dashing full speed down the down escalator, which was taped off for maintenance workers at the bottom,' she said.

'The workers at the bottom of the escalator shooed him back up again.

'He just paused near the top for a moment, so I scrabbled around my bag and took a couple of pictures.

'I was there for about a minute, watching other people's reactions to it.'

She added: ‘He was so casual. He left under the ticket barrier and headed toward the bus station.

‘Maybe he was trying to catch the last bus home.’

We were all just stunned,' said Ms Arkless Gray. 'It's not exactly a sight that you expect to see on your way home from a Saturday night out.

We did that London thing of just smiling at one another to acknowledge we'd each seen something interesting. You don't normally make eye contact on the underground unless something unusual is going on and this was definitely one of those times.'

She added: 'I've certainly never seen anything like it and I've lived in the area for years.

'I do hear a lot of foxes at night and occasionally see them in the street. But it would have had to go down a couple of flights of stairs to get down to that escalator. It was a great surprise to see on my way home.'

Snake in a bind after eating its own tail

A pet snake got itself in a bit of a bind after it mistook its own tail for a tasty dinner.

Reggie the King snake soon realised his mistake after chomping down on his back end but couldn't release himself after his teeth had taken hold.

Luckily the hungry reptile's owner arrived on the scene before the snake began to digest its own body, and rushed him to the vet.

'Its teeth were acting like a ratchet,' said vet Bob Reynolds from Faygate, West Sussex.

'If a snake like this one is kept in a space that is too small then there is always a temptation for it to lunge at its own tail.

'They can't spread themselves out and think their tails are another snake.'

The foolhardy animal was close to being put down, but Mr Reynolds was eventually able to gently untangle Reggie.

King snakes in the wild range from southern Canada down to South America. They can grow up to seven feet and live up to 20 years.

The constrictors hunt a variety of prey from rodents to birds and other snakes... and at times even themselves.