If you've ever loved a dog, be prepared to cry. Singer Fiona Apple is postponing a South American tour so she can stay home with her dying pooch, Janet, a pitbull she rescued from a life of being bait for attack dogs. Fiona wrote a long letter (hand written!) to her fans, in which she explained her decision with such heart, such poetry, and such doggone devotion, that I dare you to get through it without shedding a tear.
Fiona explained that she found her dog tied up in a park in Los Angeles, covered with bite marks and a rope around her neck. She wrote:
She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders. She's almost 14 and I've never seen her start a fight, or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She's a pacifist.
Fiona goes on to detail the close relationship she has with her dog, saying:
Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact. We've lived in numerous houses, and jumped a few makeshift families, but it's always really been the two of us.
She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head.
Anyone who has ever loved a pet can understand that bond. I do. My cat, Kitty, who passed away last year at 16, was literally the longest unbroken relationship of my life -- and that includes with my parents. That's the kind of love pets and people can share.
Fiona goes on to say that she doesn't want to be the "woman who puts career over love and friendship" which is why she is choosing to postpone her tour until she can escort Janet, who has Addison's disease, out of this world. She wants to stay home and "cook tilapia" for her fur child -- or wait, I guess she's the mom. Her family member anyway. She adds:
I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. She’ll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.
I've been a Fiona fan for a long time -- because of her beautiful music. But now I'm a fan for her even more beautiful soul.
Have you ever escorted a beloved pet out of this world?
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