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In her tearjerking letter to fans, scanned and posted to her Facebook page, Apple describes the wonderful life she’s had with her 14-year old pit bull, Janet. It’s clear that Janet is the love of her life and, sadly, is in her last stages of life.
Janet started life as a bait dog for dogfights. When Apple adopted the puppy, she had been found tied up in Echo Park, a rope around her neck, and bites around her face and ears. But despite rough beginnings, Apple says Janet is a pacifist. She’s never bitten, started a fight, or even growled – just been there for the singer every single time she needed her.
Janet is suffering from Addison’s Disease and has a large tumor growing in her chest. When Apple returned home from the last leg of her U.S. tour, she says things were different. “She doesn’t even want to go for walks anymore,” Apple explained.
In a moment heartbreaking to any dog lover, the singer explains, “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.”
The letter ends, “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.”
We, the dog parents, owners, and lovers around the country, send our love and prayers – and blessing – to Fiona and Janet during this, the most trying time of any dog owner’s life.