Do you have a dog A&J. ♥ 1 child; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5613 posts
Jul 13th '13

Do you love your dog like a best friend, a close family member?

I've read this many times (I'm sure some of you have as well) and it still makes me tear up.

Fiona Apple wrote a letter to her fans, explaining why she had to postpone some tour dates in South America.


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.
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

Kylees Mama 1 child; Faribault, Minnesota 4193 posts
Jul 13th '13

Yeah this hit the spot... I feel like my dog that I've had for 9 years is getting close to the end... So hard to even think of life without my big old hound.

MirandaLynnxO 2 kids; New Jersey 10074 posts
Jul 13th '13

My pitbull is my son, he's a huge part of mine and my daughters life. He's just amazing. <3

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
Jul 13th '13

I've always loved Fiona Apple. I read that and feel so sad for her.

A&J. ♥ 1 child; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5613 posts
Jul 13th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jake Blues:</b>" I've always loved Fiona Apple. I read that and feel so sad for her."</blockquote>

Same. And of course her wording is unique and wonderful and really strikes a cord

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1783 posts
Jul 13th '13

Im totally crying now. What a beautiful tribute of a letter. I am going to hug my dogs now. Thanks for sharing

¬°VinHaute! Kansas City, MO, United States 47544 posts
Jul 14th '13

We just had to put down our Dobie the other week. We'd had him for 9.5 years. So yeah.. it hits home.