I’ve been thinking about this story for a while even though it’s not a new one. Fiona Apple, a well-known Grammy winning singer decided to cancel her tour to be with her 14 year-old dog. A dog she rescued and has owned all her adult life.
The article was written in November and the dog was not in imminent danger of dying at that time. The reports said the dog had lived with its cancer for 2 years. What was interesting was that Ms. Apple didn’t want to leave her dog in case it died while she was on tour. She didn’t want to be apart from her companion. She made a personal decision at the expense of her financial life (and that of her band and crew). We all know people who have had to retire early or take a leave of absence to care for a family member. But this is the first time I have heard of someone doing it for their furry friend.
Even though I wanted to write about other topics in veterinary medicine, I keep coming back to the human-animal bond. These stories are the most poignant for me. I’ve posted stories that elevate your mood, shake your head, cry, or all of these at the same time.
I don’t know Ms. Apple, so I don’t know whether this is a healthy decision for her, but I do think ‘more power to her’ for deciding what is most important in her life and making it happen. Most of us wouldn’t be able to put our job on hold indefinitely for a pet.
But look at those eyes and tell me you wouldn’t make the same decision if you could.
I hope she is able to spend all the time she needs with her cherished dog and it gives her peace when its time.