Barking blondes: Supporting your dog like Fiona Apple does

Joanne Good and Anna Webb

woof woof 300x225 Barking blondes: Supporting your dog like Fiona Apple doesThis week the international singing star, Fiona Apple hit the headlines by cancelling the whole of her South American tour to be with her dying dog.

She posted on Facebook:

“If I go away I’m afraid she will die and I won’t have the honour of singing her to sleep or escorting her out. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed…but this decision was instant.”

Instead of outrage, thousands of her fans went online to register their support.

You are defined by the decisions you make in life. Dog lovers will understand her rapid, if somewhat expensive, choice. To help your dog through its vintage years is morally mandatory. How else can you re-pay your dog for the years of loyalty and fun shared? It is the cruelest twist that dogs are not genetically programmed to live as long as us. And to ensure that the last years, weeks or days are as pain free, happy and mentally demanding is the least you can do.

The way we treat all animals, especially dogs, says so much about us. It’s true that they make us human – and to let a dog down at their time of need is beyond our comprehension. Many who believe in karma say that you reap what you sow, and to treat others and all living creatures as you’d like to be treated yourself is a mantra.

We send best wishes to Fiona Apple and her 13 year old pitbull, Janet.

On a happier note, our radio show has now been moved to a daytime slot. After three years of arriving in the dark and working into the early hours of the morning, our body clocks will have to adjust.

What about our two dogs Molly and Matilda, who are considered “Broadcast Essential” and allowed into the new BBC building every week?

Dogs are creatures of habit and get used to routine, in fact many say routine is key to a dog’s well-being. But we know how adaptable our dogs are and they love being challenged with new experiences – we hope this keeps them mentally active.

Their senses are way superior to ours and these certainly drive them by instinct to behave differently in all sorts of given situations. So when out at night their eye sight estimated at 20:80 compared to our 20:20 vision provides better vision.  Their retinas are bigger than ours and they adapt far quicker and efficiently to the dark than our sight.

The girls will definitely sense a change as we sashay through the revolving doors into Broadcasting House during the afternoon for our first daytime broadcast. They will know their routine has changed. But not only from the daylight, but from the hub bub in the newsroom, new faces, new sights, sounds and smell – it will all be alien to them.

There is also an assistance dog in the News Room of the first floor, he should keep them interested.

Our piece of naïve art goes on auction today for The Willow Foundation charity. We are embarrassed to note that our meager offering is alongside the talent of famous names such as Katherine Jenkins and Ricky Gervais.

The charity offers psychological help to 11-40 year olds who are seriously ill.

If you get a chance, take a look at some of the contributions on canvas. We are in the Music and Radio category because there wasn’t one for dogs!

Woof! Woof!


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  • marcbletchley

    evening jo and anna
    my blog check in is late(tuesday) been away interesting reading about fiona apple’s devotion to her dog.
    look forward to matilda and mollie snoring through the day shift news and travel bullitins im sure there go down well barking at the sun!!
    woof woof from bletchley towers

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