Pets Owned by Elvis and Priscilla Presley at Graceland Elvis Pets Pets Owned by Elvis Elvis Pets in Movies Long before Paris Hilton became the world’s most famous pet owner & Tinkerbelle the most famous celebrity pet, over the years, Elvis had pets including dogs, horses and a chimp, Scamper Priscilla Presley joins Animal Rights Crusade
Elvis always loves animals, but he could never afford to have any as a child but made up for it when he became a star. Elvis also loved horses and enjoyed riding. He rode his first horse for his first 1956 movie Love Me Tender. It has been said that Elvis did ride horses as a child in Tupelo. Many Elvis pets appeared in his movies
The first horse kept at Graceland was a quarter-horse called Domino which Elvis bought for Priscilla. After that he bought a Palomino, Rising Sun for himself. When Rising Sun passed away in 1986, EPE did a national search and acquired a distant relative of Sun’s and named him Sun’s Reflection. He, along with Ebony’s Double a Tennessee Walking Horse purchased by Priscilla Presley 1975 continue to live at Graceland.
All horses were stabled in a barn called the House of the Rising Sun named after the song by the Animals. Other horses at Graceland & the Circle G Ranch were named: Colonel Midnight Vernon Presley’ horse: Lady, Golden Sun, Scout, Flaming Star (named after his movie) Sheba, Thundercloud, El Poco, Beauty named after the horse in the movie Giant. Traveler named after Robert E Lee’s horse. Bear a Tennessee Walker, Keno, Buckshot named after Wild Bill Hitchcock’s horse. Sundown, Star Trek, Big Red bought for Red West
Elvis gave Priscilla two pet Great Danes in the 60s, Snoopy & Brutus. Brutus appeared as Albert in the 1968 Elvis movie, Live a Little, Love a Little. The dog passed away not long after Elvis & Priscilla divorced. Snoopy later became Lisa Maries favourite pet dog
In the early 1960’s, Elvis bought a talking Myna bird which was placed in a large cage in the kitchen at Graceland. The bird liked to talk whenever someone was on the phone, and he memorized parts of people’s conversations and mimicked them over and over.
One day Elvis and a few of his friends were in the kitchen eating lunch. Elvis was halfway into his sandwich when the bird blurted out in his cackling voice, “Elvis isn’t here right now…Elvis is in a meeting…Elvis can’t come to the phone…Elvis is asleep…Sorry, Elvis is busy.”
When the bird stopped suddenly, Elvis broke up laughing. He nearly choked on his food, sputtering and gasping for air. Elvis laughed so hard he fell off the chair and lay on the floor, clutching his stomach.
He thought it was hysterical that the bird not only remembered the excuses given to fans and business people who phoned, but that he knew which ones to put together and ranted then in succession with such feeling. Elvis never forgot the incident and it became one of his favorite stories