Yesterday, Fiona Apple reduced us -- and about a million other people -- to the kinds of tears that usually only come after watching one of those Sarah McLachlan dog shelter commercials while hungover and pre-menstrual. The cause was a four-page letter Apple posted to her Facebook page, explaining that she was postponing her upcoming tour of South America to take care of her dying dog, Janet. "She
slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow," Apple explained, "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." This thing is no joke, people. Don't read it unless you have a box of Kleenex to hand.
So, in honor of Fiona and Janet Apple at this terrible time, we'd like to pay tribute to some other pooches who've made a huge impact on their musically minded owners.
Lou Dog (owned by Sublime's Bradley Nowell)
was rescued by Nowell from a shelter and went from abused nobody to beloved pooch celebrity almost overnight. The Dalmatian graced Sublime record covers, was repeatedly referenced in Sublime songs, and hung out on stage at Sublime shows. We're honored to say that we met Lou Dog once, at a Los Angeles recording studio in 2000, just hanging out with a bunch of pop-punk dudes. He was a sweet and gentle creature. Sadly, he died a year later, but his beautiful face will live on forever, thanks to those records. Arthur (Owned by Elton John)
When we found out that Elton John's Cocker Spaniel, Arthur, was best man in the singing legend's wedding to David Furnish, we assumed it was because John was probably the fiercest bridezilla that ever lived. What human in their right mind would want to deal with the pressure of that role on Elton John's watch? Turns out though, Arthur was a gift from Furnish on John's 56th birthday, and the pooch accompanies Elton almost everywhere -- including on the red carpet, on the road, and in the studio. In other words, that dog is probably living better than you are. Mister (owned by Billie Holiday)
Billie Holiday and Mister were pretty darn inseparable. He was a frequent fixture backstage with her, and missed her so terribly when she was imprisoned in 1947 that, when she was released, he leaped on her with so much gusto, passersby thought the singer was being mauled. In the photo above, Mister is eating one of Holiday's shoes and she's still smiling -- now that's love.Martha (Owned by Paul McCartney)
Beatles fans listening to "Martha, My Dear" when it came out in 1968 probably had no idea that Martha was, in fact, Paul McCartney's Old English Sheepdog (though the song is rumored to be about McCartney's ex, Jane Asher). Martha showed up in so many photoshoots in her lifetime that she's practically immortal. Not bad for a shaggy ol' pooch.
Hell and Redemption (Owned by Johnny Cash)
Johnny Cash didn't fuck around. Not even when it came to naming his dogs. Not that we thought he'd name them Snowball or Rover or Spot or something, but legend has it that these two adorable pooches were named Hell and Redemption. Imagine calling out to them in the dog park, for Christ's sake! Regardless, Hell and Redemption were immortalized forever when they wandered into a photo shoot that Cash was intending to do alone. Good for them -- they ended up on the cover of American Recordings. Not a bad afternoon.