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    Default Fiona Apple cancels South American tour because her dog is dying

    This will bring the sniffles to all the animal lovers on here. This is heartbreaking. I'm so sad for her and her dog. I love my dog so much and I don't know what I would do if this day ever came.

    NOV 20, 2012 6:45 PM 6,905 130 Share


    Fiona Apple’s Dying-Dog Letter Wah Wah Wah
    Camille Dodero
    During the press onslaught surrounding Fiona Apple's recent album, The Idler Wheel. . ., the most important character in the artist's personal sphere was her pit-bull mix, Janet, a 13-year-old stray rescue.

    In interviews, Apple spoke of time marked by fitful nights, but mostly of dog walks. She brought along a wooden portrait of her animal to a New York Times photoshoot. The Venice resident of California told Spin she'd considered moving East, but was "waiting for her dog to die first."

    That may happen soon. So soon Apple has decided to cancel her upcoming South American tour to stay with her animal partner until the very end. Because she's Fiona Apple and far more delicately human than any of us defective snoods, she announced this by way of another raw, wrenching, handwritten missive that was then posted the note to her Facebook page. And dear God, most eulogies aren't this lovely.

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    It's 6pm on Friday, and I'm writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet.
    I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
    Here's the thing.
    I have a dog Janet, and she's been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She's almost 14 years old now, I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then, an adult officially - and she was my child.
    She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.
    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.
    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 make shift families, but it's always really been the two of us.

    And that's only the beginning.
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    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.
    She was under the piano when I wrote songs, barked any time I tried to record anything, and she was in the studio with me all the time we recorded the last album.
    The last time I came back from tour, she was spry as ever, and she's used to me being gone for a few weeks every 6 or 7 years.
    She has Addison's Disease, which makes it dangerous for her to travel since she needs regular injections of Cortisol, because she reacts to stress and to excitement without the physiological tools which keep most of us from literally panicking to death.
    Despite all of this, she's effortlessly joyful and playful, and only stopped acting like a puppy about 3 years ago.
    She's my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is.
    I can't come to South America. Not now.
    When I got back from the last leg of the US tour, there was a big, big difference.

    Oh. My. Fiona.

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    She doesn't even want to go for walks anymore.
    I know that she's not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That's why they are so much more present than people.
    But 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 just can't leave her now, please understand.
    If I go away again, I'm afraid she'll die and I won't have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out.
    Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed.
    But this decision is instant.
    These are the choices we make, which define us.
    I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.
    I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.
    And helps her be comfortable, and comforted, and safe, and important.
    Many of us these days, we dread the death of a loved one. It is the ugly truth of Life, that keeps us feeling terrified and alone.

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    I wish we could also appreciate the time that lies right beside the end of time.
    I know that I will feel the most overwhelming knowledge of her, and of her life and of my love for her, in the last moments.
    I need to do my damnedest to be there for that.
    Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I've ever known.
    When she dies.
    So I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and reveling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel.
    And I am asking for your blessing.

    I'll be seeing you.
    Love, Fiona

    [Pitchfork via Fiona Apple's Facebook; photo by Getty Images]

    Fiona Apple's Dying-Dog Letter Wah Wah Wah
    Last edited by SillyME54; November 20th, 2012 at 10:14 PM.

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    I can't stand this pretentious cow or her music, but this made me tear up a little. Poor doggy.
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    Damn, that melted the frosty cockles of my heart.
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    So is 'my dog is dying' the new exhaustion and rehab?
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    can't stand her, but i'm a sucker for a dog story
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    This letter was very nice.

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    I like her and her music mostly and I swear I'm totally tearing up right now. I hope Janet's journey is a peaceful one.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Am I the only one that thinks its because tickets aren't selling?
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    Well, good for her for putting her dog first. I am crying and totally feel for her. Our almost 15 year old dog died a month ago and it sucks so much. As they get older you know the day will come, but there's really no way to emotionally prepare for it.
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    I admire her so much for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    So is 'my dog is dying' the new exhaustion and rehab?
    I'm still fond of "ate some bad sushi".

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