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The Dogs of Graceland

On holiday in Tennessee, I visited Graceland yesterday. Another tick off my bucket list.

Whenever I travel, I (of course) look for things about dogs. According to Graceland’s official website:

Elvis had a number of dogs over the years. He had a Basset Hound named Sherlock, Great Danes named Brutus and Snoopy, and Edmund, a Pomeranian he gave to his aunt Delta, because the two bonded so quickly. Get Lo, a Chow, was another of Elvis’ dogs. He was once flown to Boston on Elvis’ small Jetstar plane to get treatment for a kidney ailment. He stayed in Boston for three months as he was treated, and then was flown home, where treatment continued. Sadly, Get Lo didn’t make it.

Elvis also had dogs he named Whoosh, Oswald and Michael Edwards, named after Elvis’ character in “It Happened at the World’s Fair.” Elvis shared his love for animals with his loved ones. He gave Gladys a tiny dog named Sweet Pea in 1956, and at Christmas 1962, when she was visiting from Germany, he gave Priscilla a puppy poodle named Honey.

What I liked about touring Graceland was the ‘hunt’ for dog-related items. This is what I found:

Colonel Tom Parker’s pen set, featuring Little Nipper the mascot of RCA Records. RCA purchased Elvis’ contract from Sun Records in 1955
Another desk set with a dog – this one was from Elvis’ upstairs office at Graceland
This dog statue was also in Elvis’ office

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand