Zoinks! Meet the real-life Scooby Doo who’s scared of everything.
They are amongst the most magnificent of beasts; majestic, imposing and somewhat terrifying. But it turns out from a report by The Telegraph that Presley the Great Dane is more Scooby Doo than Hound of the Baskervilles.
For not only does he shy away from dogs that are smaller than him, but to his owner’s despair he startles at the slightest noise. Presley cowers at the carpet hoover, quivers at fluttering plastic bags and hides from Highland Terriers.
Which is a bit embarrassing really, especially for an animal standing 6ft on its hind legs.
“Presley is definitely a real-life Scooby Doo,” said his owner, Sian Barrett, a pet store owner from the West Midlands. “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. “There was a time recently that I was walking Presley in the park and he got scared off by a West Highland Terrier, which is tiny compared to him.
“Presley wouldn’t come back out until the other dog had gone and he knew he was safe. His temper doesn’t match his size at all – he’s 38 inches at the shoulder, but scared of anything.”
Ms Barrett (left), 47 from Oldbury, is convinced that Presley – who weighs in at hefty 13.5st – is so timid because she raised him from birth and he has come to regard her as a protective mother-figure. But although he would prove no use in a confrontation with an intruder – or a next door poodle for that matter – Presley is good at one thing. He can comfort small children.
“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,” said Mrs Barrett, a mother-of-two who runs Langley Pet Supplies. “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.” Mrs Barrett once took Presley to Crufts, to show him as a fine example of the Great Dane breed. Things did not go quite as planned. All the other owners laughed when they heard how easily he scares.
“At 85 kilos, there’s not much that could move him, I certainly can’t lift Presley, but my husband calls him a massive wuss and that he’s a spoilt pet,” said Mrs Barrett. The hound even has a comfort cushion which he carries around in his mouth to stop him feeling scared, and whenever he is hungry he plaintively follows Mrs Barrett around the house. Ms Barrett, a member of Great Danes UK, which has over 5,000 members, said: “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. But so long as he gets his food he is just one big lap dog really. “As well as being scared of everything like Scooby Doo is, Presley is pretty dopey too. Presley would definitely try and get out of chasing any of the ghosts in the cartoons – he is a wimp.”
(Story source: The Telegraph – November 2015)