September 14, 2015 | Posted in Breeds and Stars

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NICK JONAS AND ELVIS

Nick Jonas was featured in the 2012 People Magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” issue in a very special category – “Sexy Guys Who Love Their Dogs.”

The dog in question is his Golden Retriever Elvis, named for his admiration for fellow musicians Elvis Costello and Elvis Presley.

Elvis recently celebrated his fifth birthday, and Nick posted birthday greetings for him on Twitter. Talk about having a social media presence – Elvis Jonas even has his own Facebook page! There are also online videos of him “dancing” to Jonas Brothers music.

Elvis was a gift to Nick on his birthday – a “Happy Sixteenth” from his family in 2008. The family had a dog named Coco who had passed away and they felt it was time to bring canine love back into Nick’s life.

“He is really a joyful spirit and always good to have around,” Nick has gushed about his faithful friend.

Nick is the youngest of the three Jonas Brothers but actually launched a music career first. In 1998, at six years old, he was discovered innocently singing in a barber shop.  A manager quickly signed him and the following year he performed on Broadway in “Annie Get Your Gun” and “A Christmas Carol.”

In 2002, he wrote a song with his father titled “Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)”, which gained popularity on Christian radio stations.  He signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records and later his brothers joined him in recording as a group.

They’ve since recorded several albums, have toured with The Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. Widespread fame came in 2008 when they were featured in the Disney movie “Camp Rock.”

Nick has still maintained solo fame, however, returning to Broadway to star in the lead role of J. Pierpont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 2012. Elvis accompanied his “dad” from California to New York for the run of the show.

Elvis had been used to wide open spaces of California dog parks and the family home in Texas, so the New York City streets were a bit of an adjustment. “I think the first week was a shock to him,” Nick said, “But he was fine after that.”

Where Nick goes, Elvis follows, and no matter where the road takes them, they seem happy just to be together.