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Tomorrow On GMA: “A Letter To My Dog” & Tony Bennett

GREAT NEWS! A Letter To My Dog will be featured on Good Morning America tomorrow!! Tune in to GMA on Friday, the morning after Thanksgiving, to see Tony Bennett talk about the success of our  book. Two of A Letter To My Dog’s creators Lisa Erspamer and photographer Robin Layton are both on their way to NYC for the GMA segment. Kimi Culp is busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast for her beautiful family. Set your alarm, get your DVR ready and don’t miss ALTMD on GMA!

Read Tony’s letter to his dog Happy here. 

Fiona Apple Delays Tour to Care for Her Dying Dog & Shares a Heartwrenching Letter with Fans

 

Singer-Songwriter Fiona Apple shares the most beautiful letter with fans about why she must delay her South American tour in order to care for her dying pitbull Janet. “I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship,” she writes in a handwritten letter that she then shared on her Facebook page yesterday. The letter already has over 45,000 likes. We’ve included the text below; tissues are needed.

We commend you Fiona and wish you and Janet happiness and peace in your last days together.

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It’s 6pm on Friday,and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet.

I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
Here’s the thing. I have a dog Janet, and she’s been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She’s almost 14 years old now.I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then ,an adult officially – and she was my child.
She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.

She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders. She’s almost 14 and I’ve never seen her start a fight ,or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She’s a pacifist.

Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact.

We’ve lived in numerous houses, and jumped a few make shift families, but it’s always really been the two of us.

She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, 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.

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.
The last time I came back from tour, she was spry as ever, and she’s used to me being gone for a few weeks every 6 or 7 years.

She has Addison’s Disease, which makes it dangerous for her to travel since she needs regular injections of Cortisol, because she reacts to stress and to excitement without the physiological tools which keep most of us from literally panicking to death.
Despite all of this, she’s effortlessly joyful and playful, and only stopped acting like a puppy about 3 years ago.

She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is.

I can’t come to South America. Not now. When I got back from the last leg of the US tour, there was a big, big difference. She doesn’t even want to go for walks anymore. I know that she’s not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That’s why they are so much more present than people.

But I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. She’ll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.

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. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed. But this decision is instant.

These are the choices we make, which define us. I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship. I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.And helps her be comfortable, and comforted, and safe, and important. Many of us these days, we dread the death of a loved one. It is the ugly truth of Life, that keeps us feeling terrified and alone.I wish we could also appreciate the time that lies right beside the end of time.I know that I will feel the most overwhelming knowledge of her, and of her life and of my love for her, in the last moments. 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.

So I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and reveling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel.

And I am asking for your blessing.

I’ll be seeing you.
Love, Fiona

 

Robert Pattinson Knows How To Spoil A Dog

Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson rescued his dog,Bear, last year and he revealed some interesting facts about Bear. Well, he actually revealed more interesting facts about himself being a dog lover.

Robert Pattinson dog
Bear was rescued a day, that’s right, A DAY before he was about to be euthanized in Louisiana. Robert revealed that Bear has done 2 things that I’ve never done in my lifetime.

Bear has:

*Took a private Jet from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

*Ate a full plate of prosciutto from the Four Seasons.

Bear’s bucket list is looking way better than mine and he’s only been alive 1 year. Don’t worry, Bear doesn’t always fly by way of private jet and the prosciutto was Robert spoiling his new pooch, AKA he had no dog food around so prosciutto was the best option the Four Seasons had to offer.

I wonder if Bear’s mommy, Kristin Stewart, would agree with Robert’s spoiling ways.

Rouger and Rogue On David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks

David Letterman
I LOVE cattle dogs, Australian one’s to be exact. So naturally, I was loving Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks this week. Meet Rouger and Rogue, they’re Australian Cattle Dogs with a penchant for pushing/driving each other…in little toy cars! Rogue is definitely more spritely than Rouger, but he’s a puppy give him some slack people! Also, most cattle dogs are like 4 year old’s that never grown up, I speak from experience with this little tidbit of information. Watch Rogue push Rouger and vice versa.


If this doesn’t brighten your Monday, just YouTube Stupid Pet Tricks and I’m sure you’ll find 10 other videos that will.

The World’s Smallest Dog, Meysi

World's Smallest Dog

This is 3 1/2 month old Meysi, she’s the world’s smallest dog. Meysi weighs a remarkable 3.25 ounces, that’s 1/5 of a pound! When Meysi was born it was unclear on whether or not she would survive being that she only weighed a little over an ounce! This precious tea-teacup Yorkshire Terrier took the world by storm a couple of weeks ago when she came out in her first video.


As you can tell by the polish being spoken in the background, Meysi comes from Jarocin, Poland. Keeping Meysi alive was quite a task for her owner, Anna Pohl, as she had to feed her hourly. Veterinarians don’t predict any more growth for Meysi and that will grant her the title of Guinness Book of World Records’ current record for World’s Smallest Dog…but she must be a year old to officially take the reigns.

Meysi has about 8 months to go until she’s crowned the world’s smallest dog, but for the moment we’re able to watch her personality unfold. Enjoy her second video, recently released for all of us to coo over. Happy Friday!

Sheryl Crow Doesn’t Like Puppy Mills

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow has been a dog lover for a long time. She was the proud mother to an adorable yellow Labrador, Scout(pictured above), for over a decade until he sadly passed. Sheryl now has Rex, another yellow Lab, and knows love, that’s why she is right on point with my views on puppy mills. There are so many dogs out in the world that need rescuing. I can’t fathom the thought of someone actually purchasing a dog from a puppy mill, but unfortunately these mills are still in business for a reason. Sheryl teamed up with Animal Rescue Corps efforts to cease the cycle of backyard breeding through Educate 2 End, which asks that all with a passion for compassion raise awareness by sharing ARC’s PSA. Animal Rescue Corps is a non-profit which rescues animals from abusive situations and natural disasters; educates the public about the need to heed the suffering of animals, and by training and assessments for animal shelters.

Animal shelters all around the U.S. may be busier this weekend after people watch this video. Please pass along this message and think of Buttercup when you do.

Do You Know How To Greet A Dog?

I’m sure a lot of you saw the title to this post and thought, “Of course I do!” You’d be surprised at finding out that you’re probably forgetting to do one or two of the correct dog greeting techniques. Don’t be saddened by this information. I too was in your place just a minute ago. This doesn’t mean we love dogs any less, it just means our initial “handshake” needs to be perfected. Don’t you hate it when people give you a weak handshake or no handshake at all?! So think the frustration our little hairy friends encounter when we throw them off with an awkward first meet and greet.

How Not To Greet A Dog

See how simple it is? Now next time you go on a dog walk, you and your furry child will meet new doggie friends,and you’ll “Wow” the owner with your non-threatening dog greeting. You may even be able to pay this forward and educate someone with this great new approach. Cesar Milan 2.0? I think so.

Lauren Conrad Rescued Her New Puppy Fitz From A High Kill Shelter

Lauren Conrad added a new member to her family… an adorable puppy named Fitz (Short for Fitzgerald, in honor of the author of her favorite book, The Great Gatsby) The 26-year-old author/designer adopted Fitz (breed unknown) from a high-kill shelter just outside of Los Angeles.

On her website, Lauren said, “I obviously couldn’t resist him and adopted him right there on the spot (even though I was in the midst of my book tour for Lauren Conrad Beauty and Starstruck). The first few days while I was finishing my book tour ended up being a bit of a scramble, but Fitz was well worth the stress. He is a wonderful, well-mannered, sweet little guy and Chloe has already warmed up to him.”

Lauren adopted her first dog Chloe about 4-years ago. She says that when Chloe first met Fitz, Chloe wasn’t too sure about her new companion.

As you can see, Chloe warmed up to Fitz and the two dogs now make a fantastic doggie duo.

BUSTED! Lauren recently posted this #dogshaming picture of Fitz who helped himself to a pair of her Vans. Who could get mad at that sweet puppy face?