Zeus shows why he’s king of the dog world

Zeus posed for several pictures with the children at HSWM’s mini Kids Camp.

There’s a reason we labeled the dog featured on the cover of the latest edition of Dogs Unleashed magazine “The Greatest Dane.”

Not only is Zeus, the Great Dane from Otsego, Mich., the current Guinness Book of Records world’s tallest dog, he also is a GREAT dog. He showed just how great he is at the Humane Society of West Michigan‘s winter camp, Kids & Paws, on Thursday.

Zeus and his owner, Kevin Doorlag, spent a couple of hours at the camp, running around HSWM’s training room and entertaining the 34 children in attendance. He was so impressive that several adults, staff and volunteers at HSWM, made it a point to join in and get a look at the colossal dog. Jennifer Self-Aulgur, HSWM’s humane education coordinator who puts on the camp, was kind enough to invite me to meet Zeus as well.

Zeus, the world’s tallest dog, is featured in the latest issue of Dogs Unleashed magazine.

It truly was a treat to see the 163-pound dog make his way around the room and pose for pictures with the children and adults. Doorlag and his daughter, Miranda, answered questions from the kids and had Zeus “perform” by standing on his hind legs to show off his 7-foot-4 height in that position. They also riled him up so he’d bark, something the gentle giant thankfully doesn’t do on a regular basis.

If you’d like to read more about Zeus, be sure to pick up the latest edition of Dogs Unleashed, currently being distributed to several locations (including HSWM, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Grand Rapids area Pet Supplies Plus stores) in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

You can also check out the online version by clicking here¬†and you can see outtakes from the magazine’s photo shoot by Grumpy Pups Pet Photography owner Jennifer Waters on her blog by clicking here.

Beginning with the March/April edition, Dogs Unleashed will be available via subscription, so you can have it mailed directly to your home for a very affordable rate. Stay tuned in the next couple of months for information and details on subscribing.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video feature of Zeus from the folks at Guinness!