Five Dogs Made Famous By Musicians (Hang in There, Fiona Apple)
So, in honor of Fiona and Janet Apple at this terrible time, we'd like to pay tribute to some other pooches who've made a huge impact on their musically minded owners.
Lou Dog (owned by Sublime's Bradley Nowell)
Lou Dog was rescued by Nowell from a shelter and went from abused nobody to beloved pooch celebrity almost overnight. The Dalmatian graced Sublime record covers, was repeatedly referenced in Sublime songs, and hung out on stage at Sublime shows. We're honored to say that we met Lou Dog once, at a Los Angeles recording studio in 2000, just hanging out with a bunch of pop-punk dudes. He was a sweet and gentle creature. Sadly, he died a year later, but his beautiful face will live on forever, thanks to those records.
Arthur (Owned by Elton John)
When we found out that Elton John's Cocker Spaniel, Arthur, was best man in the singing legend's wedding to David Furnish, we assumed it was because John was probably the fiercest bridezilla that ever lived. What human in their right mind would want to deal with the pressure of that role on Elton John's watch? Turns out though, Arthur was a gift from Furnish on John's 56th birthday, and the pooch accompanies Elton almost everywhere -- including on the red carpet, on the road, and in the studio. In other words, that dog is probably living better than you are.
Mister (owned by Billie Holiday)
Billie Holiday and Mister were pretty darn inseparable. He was a frequent fixture backstage with her, and missed her so terribly when she was imprisoned in 1947 that, when she was released, he leaped on her with so much gusto, passersby thought the singer was being mauled. In the photo above, Mister is eating one of Holiday's shoes and she's still smiling -- now that's love.
Martha (Owned by Paul McCartney)
Hell and Redemption (Owned by Johnny Cash)
Johnny Cash didn't fuck around. Not even when it came to naming his dogs. Not that we thought he'd name them Snowball or Rover or Spot or something, but legend has it that these two adorable pooches were named Hell and Redemption. Imagine calling out to them in the dog park, for Christ's sake! Regardless, Hell and Redemption were immortalized forever when they wandered into a photo shoot that Cash was intending to do alone. Good for them -- they ended up on the cover of American Recordings. Not a bad afternoon.