Elvis And His Horse Rising Sun – And His Other Pets From Dogs To Fowl

It’s not difficult to admire Elvis. He was very talented, had a wonderful voice and an amazing life. Most of all, he was a great humanitarian. Unfortunately, as it happens to all public people, and more so to a legend like him, there’s a lot of misunderstanding and misconception about Elvis. If people would only try to know him better and not believe in all the untrue things said about him, that wouldn’t happen.

Elvis Presley is known all over the world and his talents and contributions to our society are unquestionable. His giving to other people is legendary and amazing; he wanted to make people happy. He certainly did and still does even 33 years after his death.

Everybody’s life can be fascinating in its own way and Elvis’ life was certainly very interesting and unique. He was able to touch the lives of millions with his music and his honest desire to entertain and help them to live happier lives. He certainly brought joy to my life!

Elvis always respected people, especially his fans. It didn’t matter to him what a person’s social status, race or religion was. He was always respectful to everyone. Sadly, not everyone gave him the respect he deserved. Even so, he got a lot of respect from millions of people in the entire world and still does. I’m sure, where he is now, he is happy to see how much he really helped them. He is probably smiling and saying, “They didn’t forget me!”

Boy was the first dog Elvis acquired shortly after he began to achieve stardom. He always loves animals, but he could never have one when he was younger, so he made up for that when he became a star.

Baba was taken to Hollywood with Elvis and can be seen in 1966’s Paradise Hawaiian Style

There are many beautiful things about Elvis, but the one I want to talk about it here is his love for animals. I think this is a perfect way for me to pay my tribute to this man who gave so much to others, humans and animals. Interesting enough, there aren’t many references to Elvis’ love for animals in the literature. So I gathered the most information I could about his dogs and other pets. I thought it would be neat to show just know how many animals he had and loved throughout his life. Make sure you check out the pictures!

There were plenty of dogs at Graceland, including a basset hound named Sherlock, and Great Danes named Snoopy and Brutus.

Elvis once flew his chow chow Get Lo in his small Jetstar plane to Boston for treatment of a kidney ailment. The dog stayed for three months in intensive care and came home, but soon died.

Other dogs of various breeds he owned included Whoosh, Oswald and Honey.

Fans probably remember his Pomeranian Edmund, who became attached to Elvis’ Aunt Delta. The dog often would appear when people were touring Graceland after it opened in 1982. He would sit in the Jungle Room and howl if Aunt Delta left him, said Todd Morgan, Graceland spokesman.

Graceland was also well-known for the various horses Elvis owned, including his beloved golden palomino quarter horse Rising Sun.

But Elvis didn’t stop with traditional pets. He also owned donkeys, peacocks, guinea hens, ducks, turkeys, chickens, a chimpanzee, a monkey and a mynah bird.

Once Elvis, his father, Vernon, and Lamar Fike drove a limousine to Germantown to buy chickens, ducks and other fowl to stock at Graceland, Morgan said.

Fike rode in the back of the limo with the livestock, which flew around and messed in the car. The car was cleaned and fumigated, but it was never the same. Elvis sold it.

Graceland remained an animal-friendly place even after Elvis’ death. His horses lived out their lives there. Rising Sun is buried at Graceland, and horses live there now.



Elvis taking time for his fans while horseback riding

Elvis Riding Ebony’s Double

"Elvis on Rising Sun"


Elvis' Collie Baba

Elvis' other Great Dane Brutus

Sweetpea Elvis' chow

Elvis and Sweetpea

Elvis and his Chimp Scatter

Elvis and Sherlock

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 and Brutus In Live A Little Love A Little


Mare Ingram was one of the horses Elvis kept at the Circle G Ranch. Elvis bought the ranch in 1967 because Graceland didn’t provide enough space for all the horses he had by that time. He had the total of 18 horses. As it happened with dogs, Elvis gave horses as gifts as well. He gave his father a horse named Colonel Midnight, and to his wife, he gave a horse named Domino. Even all his bodyguards got horses so they could accompany him in his daily rides.

Today there are still horses at Graceland, and the mansion has been open to the public since 1982. Rising Sun was there and was visited by millions until he died in 1987Foxhugh was a Maltese given by Elvis to his girlfriend Linda Thompson in the mid-1970’s.

Elvis loved other animals besides dogs. Graceland, his home in Memphis, TN, was also home for many other pets. Some were unusual, such as a chimpanzee named Scatter, a Mynah bird and even peacocks but others were more common, like horses.

Elvis’ love for horses is legendary. Some of these horses became very famous because of their famous owner. Bear was a prize-winning Tennessee walking horse. Elvis bought this black horse fully trained, but in order to get him perform he had to be ridden along a fence line.

Rising Sun was a big golden Palomino horse that Elvis bought in 1966. He had worked in horse shows and rodeos and it seemed that he loved to be admired.

Teddy Bear of Zi-Pom-Pom was a pedigreed Poodle given to Elvis by a fan when he was in the army in Germany. Apparently the dog accompanied Elvis back to the States when he returned.

Elvis also used to give dogs as gifts to people he loved.

Littlebit was the toy Poodle Elvis gave to his girlfriend Anita Wood in the 50’s.

Honey was the Poodle Elvis gave to his wife Priscilla Presley for Christmas 1962.

Elvis also gave to his wife a pair of Great Danes in the 60’s, Snoopy and Brutus. Brutus can be seen playing the role of Albert in the movie Live a Little, Love a Little (1968). The dog died not long after Elvis and Priscilla divorced. Snoopy later became Lisa Marie’s dog. Lisa is Elvis’ only daughter.

Muffin was the name of Elvis’ Great Pyrenee dog. A beautiful white dog, he seemed to have an incurably bad temper, which even obedience school couldn’t improve. Even Elvis was bitten a few times.

Stuff was a black Poodle that lived at Graceland. He belonged to Elvis’ aunt Delta Mae, but Elvis grew as fond of the dog as its owner was.

Sweet Pea was a tiny dog that Elvis gave to his mother Gladys in 1956. After Gladys’s death, Elvis continued to care for the dog.

Edmund was a Pomeranian that was one of Elvis Presley’s favorite pets at the time of his death.

Getlo was a Chow that Elvis really adored. In 1975, before she was a year old, Getlo developed serious kidney problems and Elvis spent thousand of dollars in an effort to save her life. Sadly, she eventually died very young.

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19 Responses to Elvis And His Horse Rising Sun – And His Other Pets From Dogs To Fowl

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  11. George Vreeland Hill says:

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  15. Clare Moselle says:

    I had no idea that Elvis was so into animals, thats really cool!

  16. Josh Boyington says:

    I had no idea Elvis was so much more than just an awesome singer and a great lookin guy, What Ive read here on your site really impresses me all the more, I have new respect for him.

  17. Karleen Martinez says:

    I love Elvis I have since I was a young teenager in the 60’s, I own all his movies and most all of his music, my kids love him too!

  18. Charles Dawson says:

    I knew he had a horse or two and a dog, but had no idea he loved animals so much and had so many, the guy never ceases to amaze me, I guess ya just get caught up in the media hype of guy that sings great in a jumpsuit. There is so much more to this guy and I thank you for a site like yours that is sharing this point of you with everyone,they need to get past the singing and jump suit and see the real man. keep TCB Im sure youre making Elvis proud!

  19. johnny t. says:

    elvis was a total human genetic anomaly with so much of a gift. his talent will surely endure.

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