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Pop Dog News Round-Up: Miley Cyrus, Ray J, Alanis Morissette and Ryan Hemsworth

By | Published on Monday 7 April 2014


There’s been quite a lot of pop dog news over the last few days, so we thought we’d pull it all together to make sure you’re all up to speed. Let’s hope this isn’t our last dog news round-up, eh?

First, as you’re no doubt aware, Miley Cyrus‘s dog Floyd died last week. “I wish he would’ve taken me with him”, she wrote on Facebook. Then later that day, she broke down during the soundcheck for a show in Boston as she performed the late dog’s favourite song, ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac. Yes, really.

Having wept her way through a few songs already, Cyrus told the small group of fans allowed into the soundcheck: “I’m sure you guys already know, but the reason that I’m so upset is my dog, I shouldn’t say he was my favourite but he was my favourite, he passed away. I just wanna do a song for him. We used to always listen to Fleetwood Mac together, it’s his favourite song… so I wanna do this song for Floyd”.

In happier dog news, US R&B star Ray J was reunited with his lost dog, Boogotti. The Maltese puppy disappeared from the singer’s home on Tuesday night, but was found safe after a ten hour search. He had been taken in by a neighbour, who was unable to identify the dog, because he was not wearing a tag. Tag your dogs, people. You don’t want to end up in the sort of situation Ray J got himself into, do you?

And talking of situations, let’s move on to the sad tale of Alanis Morissette‘s dog, Circus (pictured). The singer and her husband Mario Treadwell are suing their former housekeeper Maria Garcia and dog walker Patrick Murch for $25,000, claiming that they have stolen the dog. In fact, the dog has been living with Garcia and Murch, who are engaged, for over a year, something they point out in a YouTube appeal video attempting to get the lawsuit dropped. Yeah, that’s a thing.

They also published a lengthy statement, in which they claim that Morissette asked them to take the dog off her hands “because Alanis was allergic to Circus, he was relieving himself inside the house, and was very food aggressive”. They also claim that Morissette said, upon being asked if she wanted the dog back, that it would be “better for everyone” if he stayed where he was. They were then fired and told to give the dog back, which is how we got into this whole lawsuit situation.

I think what everyone needs to do there is to sit down and talk about everything like adults. Perhaps Ryan Hemsworth could entertain the dogs while they do just that. Because it turns out that performing a dog-only DJ set at an event called SXSWoof, which took place during last month’s SXSW, was something of a revelation for him.

“I certainly prefer playing for dogs over humans. They seem a lot more into it”, Hemsworth told Thump. Watch the interview, and see some dogs not obviously responding to the music he’s playing at all, here: