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Singer Fiona Apple told fans on Tuesday that she will have to cancel her South American tour to be with her dying dog, a pit bull she found in Los Angeles and has cared for since she was a puppy.
Apple posted images of a four-page, handwritten letter on Facebook, explaining that the dog, named Janet, has been sick for the past two years, has Addison’s Disease and a tumor in her chest.
“She's my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is,” Apple wrote. “I can't come to South America. Not now.”
The singer added that when she came back from her recent US tour, Janet was different, hardly her normal, energetic self.
“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,” Apple continued. “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.”
She concluded the letter by noting that she has to be there for Janet’s last moments. “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.”
According to The New York Times, Apple, who was promoting The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, was scheduled to go to Brazil next week. She also had dates set for Mexico and Argentina.