Category: Weird Articles
Published on Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Standing at 1.8m tall and weighing 85kg, Presley the Great Dane might seem intimidating to people who don't really know him, but in actual fact, this huge canine is as harmless and timid as a mouse. The slightest thing will send him cowering his owner for a reassuring cuddle, and thus he has been nicknamed the real life Scooby Doo.
Presley is even afraid of dogs who are way smaller than he is, and will run and hide when he is approached by pets. The Great Dane even has a cushion which is basically his security blanket that he carries around in his mouth all the time to stop himself from feeling scared.
“Presley is definitely a real-life Scooby Doo, he is afraid of everything. He is always getting scared off by smaller dogs and I've had to start hiding the plastic bags from him because he's afraid of them,” his owner Sian Barrett, 47, from Oldbury in the West Midlands said. “He is such a timid dog that I have to go out of the room whenever I get plastic bags out. He hates them and the rustling the plastic makes scares him away.”
Sian recalled the time when she was walking Presley in the park, and he fled in fright at the sight of a West Highland Terrier, which probably only reached his ankles. Apparently he was so spooked by the little white dog that he refused to come out of hiding until the other dog had gone, and he knew that he was safe.
Other than little dogs, Presley is also absolutely terrified of the hoover at home and plastic bags. Sian's husband reckons that Sian has spoilt him too much and thinks that he is a “massive wuss”.
Mrs Barrett, a mother-of-two who runs a pet supplies shop, thinks that Presley's soft attitude is down to the fact that she has had him from birth and her young dog sees her as a mother figure. While Mrs Barrett has put Presley on show at Crufts as a top example of the Great Dane breed, she says its his kindly nature which is what always wins people over. Presley's personality is so endearing that he has even cheered up hysterical children after giving them a paw to cry on.
“People obviously are very struck by just how big Great Danes are when they first meet them, but Presley wins a lot of people around with his personality. He is a very patient dog,” Sian said.
“We were out on a walk on time when we met a woman with her crying child. The kid was screaming and Presley didn't like the noise at first, he was a bit scared, but she soon as the girl walked over to him she just stopped crying immediately.”
“I have taken him to Crufts before to show off to potential dog owners, as a good example of the breed. Everyone always laughs when they hear that Presley is a big softie at heart.”
“I bred Presley myself and have had him from birth, so he is very much a mummy's boy. Presley will follow me from room to room about the house and even has a cry when I go upstairs to bed.”
“If I ever forget to give Presley his dinner, he will walk around the house with my shoe to show that he is going hungry.”
“And whenever we get home from going out on a walk he will immediately grab a cushion to walk about with for protection. Most of the things that you would think Presley would be scared of he isn't and is absolutely terrified of really trivial bits.”
“As well as being scared of everything like Scooby Doo is, Presley is pretty dopey too. But so long as he gets his food he is just one big lap dog really.”
“Presley would definitely try and get out of chasing any of the ghosts in the cartoons - he is a wimp.”
Don't worry Presley, even though your bravery does not match your towering frame, you are uniquely lovable in your own endearing ways.