Elvis Has Left the Building

by Ann Rose
(Atlanta GA)

Elvis Rose of Dunwoody

September 26, 2000 to August 17, 2016

Elvis Rose of Dunwoody, Age 16 (112 in People Years), an AKC Registered Bearded Collie rescued from a pet store, died peacefully on August 17, 2016. He died humanely, surrounded by friends and family.

He was the lifetime companion of Mom, Ann Rose Woody, and was a joy to all who met him. He was preceded in death by Dad Wayne Woody, Grandparents Ann & Bill Rose, Damion, Apache and Max. Elvis is survived by his Mom Ann, the Rose family, the Woody family, and the Usual Suspects (you know who you are). He is also survived by sister Rosie and other 4-legged friends: Remy, Buddy, Jasper, Bailey, Stryker, Kito, Mignon, Jackpot, Casey and the Mollies.

Elvis was active in couch sitting and barking. He spent his career in the security business where he earned accolades for keeping scalawags away and marking his territory. Just like his namesake, he was very vocal. His barking was emphasized by a little hop -- he perfected the "Beardie Bounce" dance routine. He greeted all visitors enthusiastically, but tended to settle down after the initial welcoming hug and wet French kiss.

In his later years, he enjoyed sleeping and socializing with human friends, as he could always be found underfoot. In spite of his loss of hearing, partial loss of sight, and a creepy barnacle on his side, he maintained his warm spirit and zest for life. He was nicknamed "Elbow," "Elvie," "Pretty Boy," and "No, don't do that."

Services will be private, and he will be interred in the back yard with appropriate adornment. "Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog" will be played in his honor. Donations can be made in his name to the Atlanta Homeless Pets Foundation.

Below are some remembrances from family and friends:

"Elvis was King Dog!!! Honored to have made his acquaintance. You will always have the best remembrances." ... Kirt

"What a sweetheart." ... Hillary

"There was a quick bark and scratching at the door. ‘Could You get that Son?' came a voice from the back of the House. 'Keep your seat, Jesus, I'll get it', said Wayne. ‘It's Elvis.'" ... Frank

"He was such a sweet boy. I'm so glad I got to spend vacation this year with him!" ... April

"I am so glad that Elvis had such a full life! He really was a delight even in his latter years. Please accept our condolences and give Rosie a big hug for us. I know that all dogs go to Heaven and he's jumping and carrying on like a puppy today! ... Jeri

"We were soulmates." ... Martha

"We are so sad. He was a darling dog and such a "pretty face'! Your eulogy was lovely and the first I've seen for a dog." ... Ginny

"Dogs are family. Sorry for your loss." ... David

Carry on, and hug your fur babies.

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