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Fiona Apple cancels tour dates to be with ailing dog

on November 20, 2012, 5:20pm

fiona apple 2012 Fiona Apple cancels tour dates to be with ailing dog

Fiona Apple has canceled her upcoming tour in South America so that she can be with her ailing dog, Janet. Apple announced the news in a heart-breaking letter posted on Facebook:

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…

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…

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 may well have a survival instinct,but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That’s why they are so much more present then most 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 can’t leave her now, please understand.

Apple has yet to announce which exact dates have been canceled; we’ll keep you updated.