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Fiona Apple and Janet

It is a rare occasion when a popular singer/songwriter postpones an international tour to tend to a dying dog, but that is what Fiona Apple did earlier this week. It is so tender and speaks volumes for the kind of person Fiona Apple is. She posted an image of a hand-written note on her Facebook page, apologizing to her fans in Brazil, where she had been scheduled to perform. (See a transcript of it.) 

Her dear Pit Bull, Janet, has Addison’s disease and has a tumor as well, and Fiona reported that she is close to death and that she simply couldn’t leave her, as she wrote, “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.” She also goes on to say that, “Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact.”

She found Janet as a puppy in Echo Park in LA about 13 years ago. Saying she “will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship,” Fiona said she intended to stay home and bake tilapia for her dog and give her comfort during her last days.

“I need to do my damnedest to be there for that,” she wrote. “Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I’ve ever known. When she dies.”

Our hearts go out to Fiona and we applaud her devotion to her dear Janet.

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Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com
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Submitted by Lya A | November 24 2012 |

Anyone who truly loves their dog would do the same. We will keep Both of them in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. I have nothing but respect for Ms Apple. Godspeed

Submitted by Frances | November 27 2012 |

How refreshing in this day and age to see someone in the spotlight do something selfless like this. I have nothing but respect for her and have been praying for her and her precious Janet. Our pets are part of the family so I know what she's going through. I slept on the floor with our last dog for 2 months before he crossed the Bridge and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Submitted by Camila | December 2 2012 |

I'm from Agentina (one of the countries where Fiona was supposed to play before the cancellation of the tour). I have to say that first i heard she wasn`t coming and this was sooo disapointing, but as soon as i read the note attached to the picture, i was nothing but proud of being such big fan of hers. I think we all are bigger fans of Fiona now and wish there were more artists and people like her in the world.

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