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Dog goes berserk, destroys Elvis' teddy bear

August 2nd, 2006, 02:34 PM
LONDON, England (AP) -- A guard dog has ripped apart a collection of rare teddy bears, including one once owned by Elvis Presley, during a rampage at a children's museum.

"He just went berserk," said Daniel Medley, general manager of the Wookey Hole Caves near Wells, England, where hundreds of bears were chewed up Tuesday night by the 6-year-old Doberman pinscher named Barney.

Barney ripped the head off a brown stuffed bear once owned by the young Presley during the attack, leaving fluffy stuffing and bits of bears' limbs and heads on the museum floor. The bear, named Mabel, was made in 1909 by the German manufacturer Steiff.

The collection, valued at more than $900,000, included a red bear made by Farnell in 1910 and a Bobby Bruin made by Merrythought in 1936.

The bear with Elvis connections was owned by English aristocrat Benjamin Slade, who bought it at an Elvis memorabilia auction in Memphis, Tenn., and had loaned it to the museum.

"I've spoken to the bear's owner and he is not very pleased at all," Medley said.

A security guard at the museum, Greg West, said he spent several minutes chasing Barney before wrestling the dog to the ground.

Copyright 2006 The Associated

August 2nd, 2006, 04:01 PM
lol wouldn't be the first dobie who went nuts on some dolls.:D

jesse's mommy
August 2nd, 2006, 04:32 PM
Why would they have a dog around priceless stuffies? Jesse would be in heaven! She would have ripped through every single one of them in under a half hour. :evil:

August 2nd, 2006, 06:39 PM
lol I'm picturing that. heh heh Jesse....:crazy: :D

August 2nd, 2006, 07:16 PM
"All these toys . . . just for ME!" :D

jesse's mommy
August 2nd, 2006, 07:19 PM
Woo Hoo! Here I come...:dog:

August 2nd, 2006, 07:35 PM
There was a picture of it,but i dont know how to copy that here,shows the dog standing there admist all these tore up stuffed animals,pretty funny

August 2nd, 2006, 11:02 PM
hahahaha too funny!

I can just picture the English high class on lookers saying "Oh my!":eek:

August 3rd, 2006, 01:06 PM
There was a picture of it,but i dont know how to copy that here,shows the dog standing there admist all these tore up stuffed animals,pretty funny

Why don't you post the link? I am interested to see.

I wonder what is the security guard doing leaving the guard dog to run loose like that. Aren't guard dogs supposed to be on leash while on duty?

August 3rd, 2006, 01:19 PM
Here's a link:
(if it works)

and the pic of Barney the Dobie:

(look a the beartastic carnage!:D)

August 3rd, 2006, 02:19 PM
Thank yuo,couldnt figure out how to get it here,that is so funny....

August 3rd, 2006, 03:22 PM
Rather puts a twist in that old expression about putting the fox in charge of the hen-house! :crazy:

August 3rd, 2006, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the link and picture. From the picture it looks more like a toy store to me. The place looks small and cramp with temptations how could you expect a doberman that has got free reign not to be tempted? LOL

I bet the doberman must have a time of his life for having access to such expensive toys and ripping it up...:p

August 4th, 2006, 11:31 AM
I seen that on TV. It was funny but unbelievable why someone would leave a dog loose with a bunch of stuffies. Obviously, the person couldn't have been a dog owner.

August 20th, 2006, 06:38 PM
I found the news report on google video... :D