Elvis the Sheep, Rescued From a Slaughterhouse, Wins Pet of the Week

Our pets hold a special place in our hearts, and often have the added ability to make everyone else smile too.

This week we've been left in stitches at a toad riding around the house in a cowboy hat and one dog's relatable reaction to being put on a diet.

Despite stiff competition this week, our Pet of the Week winner is a little different. Not your usual cuddly cat or excitable pup, Elvis the Sheep takes the top spot.


Elvis the sheep — reader submission
Pictures of Elvis the Sheep, this week's winner of Pet of the Week. Elvis was rescued from a slaughterhouse and now lives with sheep companion Shiloh bringing joy to their owner who says he is "one of the greatest pets I’ve owned." Becky Schub

Becky Schub had been volunteering for a non-profit that rescued sheep from slaughter, and when one sheep was rejected by its mom because of a latching issue she instantly offered to bottle feed the lamb.

The little lamb was named Shiloh, and Schub instantly fell in love: "It all kinda fell into my lap from there," she told Newsweek.

"Everyone knows that with herd animals once you have one, you're going to need a friend, and that's where my lengthy search for Elvis began," said Schub.

Elvis, like Shiloh before him, was rescued from a slaughterhouse when Schub took him back to the ranch. A feral sheep at first, Elvis wanted nothing to do with humans, but after just a day spent with his new barn-mate, he was sold on Shiloh: "I was on cloud nine," she explained: "I had finally found a companion for my lamb."

"He got his name Elvis from the first moment I saw him because he had the black pompadour and white body which resemble the Vegas-style coats the Elvis impersonators wear," explained Schub.

"When I picked up Elvis, he was in some pretty hard to see conditions. He was waiting to be sold for slaughter and they were fattening the lambs up tremendously to sell at the feed store."

During his short life, Elvis had already been through three rounds of pneumonia which had left permanent scarring on his lungs. He was later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and allergies, which continue to be treated by Schub and a medical team.

"If that doesn't tell you how special this guy is and what great lengths I would go to for him," she said.

She describes the sheep as the "star of the show—but in a modest way," explaining that Elvis doesn't take center stage or demand the limelight, but seems to love making people smile.

"He loves dressing up for each holiday," explained Schub: "He hates when I have to take the costumes off. It's hysterical."

Schub hopes that sharing more about Elvis will help people to understand more about sheep: "They have just as much personality and spunk as a dog," she explained.

"Often times I find myself referring to Elvis as my Labrador. If only humans would give these creatures much more of a chance, rather than deeming them as their stereotype ('sheepish') I think this world would have a lot more insight on a species that makes hands down one of the greatest pets I've owned."


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Of course, we couldn't choose just one favorite pet this week. Our first finalist is the chunky and adorable Tickles the cat, pictured taking an afternoon nap on the floor by her owner Martha.

Next up, is a double favorite featuring Lhasa Apso and Poodle mix Griffin and Shih Tzu, Border Terrier mix Emma.

Despite his death in 2020, 12-year-old Griffin is fondly remembered by owners. Adopted from Muttville in San Francisco in February 2017, he loved his walks, treats, and canine sister Emma.

"He had several medical issues in his last year, including dementia," explained owner Linda Margoles: "I had Griffin for three and a half years. I miss him."

Still living with Margoles is Emma—also from a rescue in San Francisco, she was abandoned in a school playground before being taken in to find her new forever home.

"Her temperament is beyond quirky," said Margoles. "She sees every person as a masseuse willing to offer her a belly rub."

Last but not least is two-year-old miniature dachshund Boris. Living with his owner Christina Ramos in Carlsbad, New Mexico, this 'life of the party' loves to play and dig.

"I can point to a spot and tell him to dig and he will dig in that particular spot," said owner Ramons. "He digs to the tree roots and yanks them out with his teeth. He also loves riding in vehicles on my lap and has to have his head out of the window."

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them in to life@newsweek.com and they could even end up as our Pet of the Week.