Fiona Apple postponed her tour to South America in order to be with her dying dog, according to a heartfelt four-page handwritten letter she posted to Facebook on Tuesday.
Apple made the announcement, explaining that her dog, a pit bull named Janet, suffers from Addison’s disease and a tumor in her chest. The singer stated that the dog, who was found in Echo Park in Los Angeles when she was just a puppy, has experienced worsening health and that she appears close to death.
The New York Times reports that Apple wrote to her fans:
“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.”
Fiona Apple recently completed the North American leg of her tour, which promotes her most recent album, “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” She was scheduled to perform three concerts in Brazil next week before she travels to Argentina and Mexico.
But Fiona’s dog comes before the tour, as she explains, “Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact. She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is.”
The Huffington Post notes that Apple described Janet’s past, saying that she discovered the pit bull as a puppy in the park with a rope around her neck. From the bite marks on her ears, it looked like she had been pitted against other, more aggressive dogs to build up their confidence before they fought in illegal dog fights.
But Apple describes the dog, whose breed is often feared and mislabeled as aggressive and mean, as “a pacifist,” saying she never barked or growled, despite her bad past. She also writes how Janet has been there for her, from acting as a shoulder to cry on, to accompanying her in the studio. Apple wrote:
“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.”
So, instead of leaving for South America on the next leg of her tour, Fiona Apple will spend time with Janet, making her comfortable in her last days. Apple added, “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.”