Fiona Apple postpones her tour to stay by her dying dog’s side

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On Tuesday singer Fiona Apple announced she is postponing the rest of her tour in South America. The sole reason for her tour cancellation is to spend time with her dying dog Janet.

Fiona recently finished up her North American leg of her tour and was set to start touring South America when her pit bull Janet’s health took a turn for the worse. On Tuesday she posted a hand written letter to her Facebook page explaining the reason for her cancelling her tour. The heartfelt letter explained the long and loving relationship between Janet and Fiona.

Janet was found in Echo Park with a rope around her neck and bites all over her. At four months old she came into Fiona’s life and they have spent the past 13 years together. “Janet has been the most consistent relationship in my adult life, and that is just a fact,” stated Fiona. Fiona describes how Janet has been there for her through heartbreaks and by her side as she creates her music. “She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is,” Fiona wrote to her fans.

For the past two years Janet has been sick with a tumor in her chest. Janet also suffers from Addison ’s disease which makes it difficult for her to travel. The disease requires her to take regular injections of Cortisol. When Fiona returned from her most recent leg of her tour she noticed a change in her best friend. “She doesn’t even want to go for walks anymore.” That’s when she decided she needed to stay by Janet’s side.

Fiona wants to be there to comfort Janet in her final days. “I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.” The singer asks her fans to understand, “I just can’t leave her now…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.”

Fiona’s letter to her fans can be read here.


13 thoughts on “Fiona Apple postpones her tour to stay by her dying dog’s side”

  1. I wonder has she tried a raw diet with turmeric , I have heard of great results with a anti cancer diet devised by holistic vet Dr Deva Khalsa. My dog has addisons and liver disease so I know what a stressful condition it is but there is a place called hope farm that do a really good anxiety flower remedy that helps and they also do one to help your dog pass peacefully and I find there stuff very good.Thinking of her at thtis time

    • Thank you so much for that recommendation. I will try tumeric with her already raw food for skin allergies. Dr. Deva is highly recommended by Dr. Marty Goldstein another great vet. He mentions her in his book, just saw that on her site. Great resource!!

  2. No need to explain Fiona, dog lovers know and understand exactly how you feel. I am so sorry you are having this heartache, but thankful Janet had you to love her and take care of her – what a beautiful life she had with you!

  3. my heart goes out to her and my god bless her and her best friend in this time :*( God knows I know how heart breaking this is and I know how important it is to be there in this time !! may God’s hand’s be there for you Janet and may your cross over be as easy as possible . God be with you both !

  4. Any animal lover understands what she’s going through with her best friend. It’s really sad, and i hope when the time comes I hope Janet goes peacfully. I dread the day i have to go through that with my babies. Prayers go out to you.

  5. I’m so sorry for this time in ur life as having sorrow for a loved pet..I lost mine alittle less than 2 yrs. to cancer, a hard decision I ever had to make was helping her cross over with no pain…an act of selflessness on my part was letting her go…..In her eyes she told me and I accepted with a heartache that never goes away, but time makes it alittle more bearable to handle… U are in my prayers.. the first post of a raw diet and turmeric? maybe should be posted on her facebook page!!!!!!

  6. Have loved her music for years. I am delighted to learn that she is dedicated to her animals as she is to her craft. Mz Apple has a fan for life in me.


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