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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:13 pm 
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Rescued horses go to Graceland. Priscilla Presley adopts animals saved from slaughterhouse by Palermo woman. Max will never be able to thank Carol-Terese Naser for saving his life.
He will never be able to thank Priscilla Presley for adopting him and giving him a new home. Then again, Max is a 3-year-old bay horse.

Max and his brother, Merlin, a magnificent chocolate-colored creature, were scheduled to be slaughtered -- along with four other horses in their family in QuŽbec -- last summer. Naser, who has had horses of her own since she was a child, stepped into action and bought all six horses just days before they were to be taken to the slaughterhouse. "If we hadn't done this when we did, they'd all be long gone," said Naser, of Palermo. "They would've been (killed) in QuŽbec."

Naser and her friend Cathy Cleaveland found out soon enough that it wasn't easy -- or cheap -- to care for six horses. So they decided to start fundraising. "We sent T-shirts to celebrities we knew were passionate about animals," Cleaveland said. "We requested they autograph the shirt, then send it back. We were going to auction them." Country crooner Alan Jackson, former Catwoman Julie Newmar and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington, among others, signed and sent back the shirts for auction, Naser said.

Nothing, however, prepared Naser or Cleaveland for the phone call that would change Max's and Merlin's lives. "I answered the phone and Priscilla Presley was on the other end," Cleaveland recalled with a laugh. "I didn't believe it at first." Yes, that Priscilla Presley -- former wife of The King, Elvis Presley.

An animal lover, Presley told the women she wanted to adopt Max and Merlin to give them a permanent home at Graceland, the nearly 14-acre spread, 23-room mansion in Memphis that Elvis shared with Priscilla and their daughter until the couple's divorce in the early 1970s.

"I have always had a bond with horses," Presley said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "Elvis gave me my very first horse. It was the horses that made Graceland home to us." Presley, who called herself "the kid who had to rescue all the animals" growing up, said that when she received the T-shirt from Naser and Cleaveland, the story of the near-slaughter struck her. "It haunted me," Presley said. "I couldn't sleep because I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to do that."

Presley and Naser stayed in close contact over the next several months to work out the details of the horses' arrival at the national landmark. "(Presley) is smart when it comes to animals," Naser said. "She knows the kind of care these horses need. She really gets it." Max arrived at the estate Jan. 10 -- two days after what would have been Elvis Presley's 73rd birthday, Naser said. Merlin will follow in the spring.

Presley, who called Naser's saving act "an unbelievable labor of love," said it is her desire to educate people about horse slaughter, including spreading the word about a national call-in day Tuesday to permanently ban the practice.

"I know the bill (to ban the practice) is stalled right now and I have no idea why," Presley said. "I would urge everyone to call their senators and U.S. representatives about this."

For Naser's part, she hopes people would view the equines as more than just standard farm animals. "(Max and Merlin) are a symbol of horses who escaped the slaughter," she said.

Source: Google / Updated: Jan 18, 2008



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Super news! I am very happy to learn that those horses have been saved! We have some that were headed there, one before he was even born! Our big tall boy Tor Dej named after his mom who was on her way to death-DeJa Vu. He's 16 now and she's in Heaven waiting for him and her other 9 foals before him-and before we got her with him in her belly.
It makes me feel good that Priscilla loves animals and used to be the kid who "rescued" them...me also, and still tring to do it but passed that to my daughter who does now! Anyway, horses belong at Graceland-they DO make it home and ours a home as well. Nothing so great as having a horse standing there with that expectant expression, ears forward watching for the first sight and sound of us every morning! They are always glad to see us too-no matter the time of day-or night. Bless her and the two persons who saved the 6 horses from a horrible, living hell of a death...and for no good purpose other than a few bucks in someone's pocket! May it all come home to roost on those killer minded people.wjh



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Thank you so much for sharing this great article with us sweet Laurie! :D I agree with you completely dear Wanda! :D This is wonderful news!! :D I, too, as a little girl was one who "rescued all the animals." :P :D Please correct me if I'm wrong Wanda, but didn't Elvis say the same thing about himself to you at one time? I know I remember reading either in your book or somewhere on here how he saved all that cattle from the slaughterhouse by buying them all. I always said that if I ever came into a substantial amount of money that I would want to go to every pet store I could find and buy up all the animals they had. Seems silly I know but it's always been a dream of mine. :roll: :P
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Bless her and the two persons who saved the 6 horses from a horrible, living hell of a death...and for no good purpose other than a few bucks in someone's pocket! May it all come home to roost on those killer minded people.wjh
I say AMEN to everything you said here my dear friend! :D


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MaryInTheMorning wrote:
I always said that if I ever came into a substantial amount of money that I would want to go to every pet store I could find and buy up all the animals they had. Seems silly I know but it's always been a dream of mine. :roll: :P


It's not a silly dream Mari. When my circumstances improve, I've thought about going to one of the shelters and getting a dog, and maybe a cat too. But then I think to myself, I bet if I go in there, I will want to take them all with me. How could I leave any behind. That would be so hard.



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Great what Priscilla did, very moving...
and I agree with you all, ladies, what you commented!!
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Blue Moon wrote:
MaryInTheMorning wrote:
I always said that if I ever came into a substantial amount of money that I would want to go to every pet store I could find and buy up all the animals they had. Seems silly I know but it's always been a dream of mine. :roll: :P


[color=cyan]It's not a silly dream Mari. When my circumstances improve, I've thought about going to one of the shelters and getting a dog, and maybe a cat too. But then I think to myself, I bet if I go in there, I will want to take them all with me. How could I leave any behind. That would be so hard.[/color]


Thank you so much for saying this dear Laurie. :D I, too, have actually had the same problem when I've visited different shelters before--wanting to take them all with me and you're right. It definitely brings on the feeling of not wanting to leave any behind.


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Thank you, Laurie.

I have so much respect for Priscilla and moreso now that I know she is an animal lover and rescuer. It's also, I'm sure, what Elvis what have done, if he had the chance. Nice to see them still working as a team :D


  
 
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