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He's doggone huge! America's biggest dog.
Newark Star Ledger ^ | 11/20/01 | PATTY PAUGH

Posted on 11/20/2001 10:16:26 AM PST by Incorrigible




 

He's doggone huge! America's biggest dog.

Moose is unmoved by honor

11/20/01

BY PATTY PAUGH
STAR-LEDGER STAFF
 

His name is Moose, but he's more the size of a black bear.

Weighing in at almost 300 pounds, Donna and Steve Vazquez's family dog is a king-sized wad of fur and slobber.

When he sits, he creates an audible and palpable thud. When the usually docile animal barks, the sound can shake the walls. And when he's facing the wrong way in the kitchen of his home on Baldwin Drive in Vernon, Moose makes a U-turn to reach his food bowl.

No prissy show dog, Moose still hit the big time. The soon-to-be 8-year-old English mastiff beat out two other beefy hounds to earn the title of largest dog in America during a television appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" this month.

He got a limo ride directly into a Manhattan studio, sporting only a hardware store chain around his neck. Even extra-large dog collars don't fit this guy.

"I kept thinking, 'He's a fat dog from Vernon, and you're treating him like a movie star,' " Mrs. Vazquez said.

At the TV studio, Moose and the two other contestants -- all English mastiffs -- climbed onto a makeshift scale. Moose topped them both, weighing in at a gargantuan 286 pounds, but Mrs. Vazquez thinks that's a low number. Moose's rear end simply didn't fit on the scales.

English mastiffs can claim a hefty leg up in the bulk department. The breed produces some of the heaviest dogs found anywhere, with full-grown males ranging from 160 and 230 pounds.

But some mastiffs, like Moose, are anything from average. Zorba, an English mastiff from London, held the world record for largest dog when he tipped the scales at 343 pounds in 1989, according to the Mastiff Club of America. He died six years ago at the age of 13.

These days, Mrs. Vazquez wonders if she is living with a potential record-holder. She said Moose weighed 276 pounds at the vet's office in 2000, but he wasn't weighed this year because the scale was broken. (She swears Moose isn't responsible.)

Even her veterinarian, George Pinkham of New Milford, N.Y., has prodded her to check whether Moose can lay claim to being a canine colossus, according to Mrs. Vazquez. Pinkham could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Lucie Fainsbert of Somerset, a rescue volunteer for the Mastiff Club of America, criticized heavy dog competitions and records because she said they encourage overfeeding.

Suzanne Smith, president-elect of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, agreed it can be a bad idea to seek animals for beauty contest attributes, be it the smallest or largest.

"It's unusual to get a dog that's over 200 pounds unless it's obese," Smith said.

Pinkham has recommended Moose lose weight, according to Mrs. Vazquez. To help him out, she's been feeding him reduced-calorie chow for more than two years and is thinking of cutting his daily provisions of up to five cups of food a daily. His rations cost the family about $40 a month.

"After seeing him on TV, he really does need to lose weight," she said.

At home, the always mellow Moose lumbers about and will show off a trick or two, if prodded. Ask him to speak, he'll bark. Ask him to lay down, he'll drop to the floor.

Even though Mrs. Vazquez baby-sits children in her home, she worries more about the toddlers hurting Moose, not the reverse.

"He's so gentle. He's so good. He's very non-intimidating," she said.

She's gotten used to stepping over him in the kitchen and seeing him sprawled on a king-sized cushion in her bedroom.

"It's almost like having a little pony in your house," she said.

Patty Paugh covers Sussex County. She can be reached at ppaugh@starledger.com or (973) 383-0516.

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For those who run with the big dogs!

(And for those who's sister has been bitten by a Moose!)

1 posted on 11/20/2001 10:16:26 AM PST by Incorrigible (nospam@please.com)
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To: Incorrigible
That's not a dog, it's a full sized Vulcan Selat!
2 posted on 11/20/2001 10:19:29 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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To: Incorrigible
They must feed him cheese....
3 posted on 11/20/2001 10:19:36 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Incorrigible
not petite
4 posted on 11/20/2001 10:19:56 AM PST by Jack Wilson
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To: jwfiv
Dang!
5 posted on 11/20/2001 10:21:12 AM PST by Serb5150
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To: Incorrigible
I could have sworn Hillary weighs over 300 pounds, and I'm absolutely certain that Star Jones is way over that amount.

Regis and Kelly should be ashamed to let him walk away with the title!

6 posted on 11/20/2001 10:22:40 AM PST by Silly
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To: Incorrigible
I have a suspicion that the dog is normal size and all the people are really small.
7 posted on 11/20/2001 10:23:17 AM PST by steveo
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To: Incorrigible
But I do love this big doggie! I would hug him and squeeze him and call him George.
8 posted on 11/20/2001 10:23:23 AM PST by Silly
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To: Incorrigible
The soon-to-be 8-year-old English mastiff beat out two other beefy hounds to earn the title of largest dog in America

8 years is a long lifespan for a big dog.

They ought to export him to China or Korea while they can still make a profit.

9 posted on 11/20/2001 10:23:52 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: Incorrigible
Lucie Fainsbert of Somerset, a rescue volunteer for the Mastiff Club of America, criticized heavy dog competitions and records because she said they encourage overfeeding.

The hand-wringers weigh in.

10 posted on 11/20/2001 10:25:56 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Silly

Have mop, will travel.

11 posted on 11/20/2001 10:26:08 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Silly
So THIS is where the teacher got the picture of the dog with a face like Hillary's butt! How're you doing, Silly?
12 posted on 11/20/2001 10:26:32 AM PST by Argh
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To: Silly
..is a king-sized wad of fur and slobber"

Why did the word "NADLER" pop in my mind when I read that?
13 posted on 11/20/2001 10:26:33 AM PST by Registered
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To: Argh
I'm great, pal!
14 posted on 11/20/2001 10:28:21 AM PST by Silly
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To: Incorrigible
Imagine the pooper-scooper!
15 posted on 11/20/2001 10:28:55 AM PST by LoneGOPinCT
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To: Incorrigible
Top photo: That camera lens and perspective would make a Chihuahua look like a horse, too.

Mastiffs are great dogs (bull mastiffs, too).

16 posted on 11/20/2001 10:29:09 AM PST by newgeezer
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To: Willie Green
When the animal croaks, they'll need a forklift.
17 posted on 11/20/2001 10:29:25 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Cagey
Forget how much it costs to feed him. Imagine the expense for the front-end loader to clean up the yard.
18 posted on 11/20/2001 10:30:09 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Incorrigible
I'd hate to meet the old lady who carries this dog in her purse.
19 posted on 11/20/2001 10:32:00 AM PST by Tony in Hawaii
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To: Silly
Do not make me have to stroke your fur the wrong way George! Sorry I couldn't help quoting one of my favorite cartoons.
20 posted on 11/20/2001 10:32:21 AM PST by keepinitreal
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To: Incorrigible
My mom would NEVER let me have a dog like that, cause his poop's too big.
21 posted on 11/20/2001 10:34:33 AM PST by Bill Rice
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To: Incorrigible
Who let the (big) dog out?
22 posted on 11/20/2001 10:35:36 AM PST by Doctor Freeze
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To: LoneGOPinCT
How about a front-end loader?
23 posted on 11/20/2001 10:35:40 AM PST by clintonh8r
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Scoop Doggy Dog

24 posted on 11/20/2001 10:36:02 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Silly
"I would hug him and squeeze him and call him George."

S, Thanks a lot. Peace and love, George.

25 posted on 11/20/2001 10:39:28 AM PST by George Frm Br00klyn Park
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To: Incorrigible
From Scoop's Page:

Let Scoop Doggie Dog eliminate your worst pet-owning chore.

Our trained staff will come to your home every week, collect all that your dog has left behind and remove it so you won't ever have to deal with it.

We also do "Catch-Up" cleanings for when the yard hasn't been maintained in a while

26 posted on 11/20/2001 10:39:50 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Incorrigible
What the story doesn't tell you is that they dyed him from his original red color and changed his name from Clifford.
27 posted on 11/20/2001 10:47:28 AM PST by goodieD
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To: Cagey
Our trained staff will come to your home every week, collect all that your dog has left behind and remove it so you won't ever have to deal with it.

I would love to see the training manual for that job - it is probably more detailed then the one they use for airport security scanning folks...
28 posted on 11/20/2001 10:56:03 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: ScreamingFist
I'll bet that NOBODY will jump into HIS yard!
29 posted on 11/20/2001 11:00:55 AM PST by freefly
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To: Cagey
Now that's a DOGGIE!! I wonder what they would charge for cleanup on him
30 posted on 11/20/2001 11:01:23 AM PST by billbears
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To: Silly
"and hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George"

Classic!

31 posted on 11/20/2001 11:01:53 AM PST by job
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To: Silly
"and hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George"

Classic!

32 posted on 11/20/2001 11:02:02 AM PST by job
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To: Silly
"and hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George"

Classic!

33 posted on 11/20/2001 11:02:36 AM PST by job
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To: Silly
"and hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George"

Classic!

34 posted on 11/20/2001 11:03:52 AM PST by job
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To: job
Yes!
35 posted on 11/20/2001 11:04:29 AM PST by Silly
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To: job
Yes!
36 posted on 11/20/2001 11:04:36 AM PST by Silly
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To: job
Yes!
37 posted on 11/20/2001 11:04:42 AM PST by Silly
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To: job
Yes!
38 posted on 11/20/2001 11:04:46 AM PST by Silly
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To: Incorrigible
That dawg is kinda small.
39 posted on 11/20/2001 11:04:56 AM PST by Michael2001
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To: Willie Green
8 years is a long lifespan for a big dog.

Hillary has set a world record if that is true.

40 posted on 11/20/2001 11:06:24 AM PST by JohnMac
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To: LoneGOPinCT
I used to raise these gentle giants. Their poop is the size of land mines. WOW! Let's export some of them to Afghanistan! Great Danes make Danish pastries.
41 posted on 11/20/2001 11:08:16 AM PST by Max Monroe
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To: Incorrigible
"For those who run with the big dogs!"

LOL. I think I'll stay on the porch.

42 posted on 11/20/2001 11:12:09 AM PST by blam
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To: Incorrigible

43 posted on 11/20/2001 11:14:46 AM PST by CheneyChick
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To: Cagey
Hopefully, he's house broken.. but can you imagine if he suffers from flatulence while sitting in front of the fireplace...????
44 posted on 11/20/2001 11:15:53 AM PST by ken5050
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To: Incorrigible
Woof.
45 posted on 11/20/2001 11:31:15 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Incorrigible
I own a Yorkie-
All other dogs are big...
46 posted on 11/20/2001 11:49:55 AM PST by Moleman
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To: CheneyChick
And the last thing Baxter ever saw was Moose's gaping mouth....
47 posted on 11/20/2001 11:52:53 AM PST by RichInOC
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To: LoneGOPinCT
Imagine the pooper-scooper!

Case tractor with a front-end loader!

48 posted on 11/20/2001 12:11:40 PM PST by scooter2
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To: Incorrigible

We need to get these two together!

49 posted on 11/20/2001 12:13:00 PM PST by Cooter
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To: Cooter
Is that real????
50 posted on 11/20/2001 12:16:52 PM PST by Commonsense
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