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Nova the Great Dane is world's tallest female dog

She munches on 30lb of food a week
By Wil Longbottom

This Great Dane is a real canine super star after officially being recognised as the world's tallest female dog - standing 5ft 11in on her hind legs. Weighing more than 11 stone 'Super' Nova, who lives with owner Ann Suplee in Addison, Illinois, was only recently given the title by the Guinness Book of Records.
Taking her place in the record books after the previous record holder died, Nova still sleeps in Mrs Suplee's queen-sized bed like a young puppy.

Keep your paws off! Nova, with owner Ann Suplee, became a world record breaker after the previous holder died

Four inches taller than her father and eight inches taller than her mother, Nova eats up to 30lbs (13.6 kg) of food a week. Mrs. Suplee said: 'It took a lot of paperwork and a lot of footwork to secure the record, but it was all totally worth it and great fun.

'I wanted to get Nova this recognition, because she's such a good dog and she deserves it.
'Now when people comment on her height, I get to reply, "Yes, you're right, she's the world's tallest female dog!'

Inspired to go for the record after the number of comments the dog received in the park from fellow pet owners, she said she was proud of her prized pooch. 'I call her Super-Nova and I even dressed her up in a Superman cape during the last pet parade in Addison.

'Nova knows her own size, but with a simple "excuse me" she will move out of the way, and is very careful around my three-year-old grandson who's now at eye-level with her tail.' Mrs. Suplee feeds her dog watermelon as a treat. The gentle giant often gets scared by smaller dogs barking at her in fright.

'We don't know whether it was the good food we fed Nova when she was a puppy, or some throwback genes, but I think it's all the love and affection we've given her through the years that made her so big.'

© Daily Mail, London

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