Amy White and Al Petteway  are Grammy award–winning musicians whose wonderful American traditional music can be heard on the soundtracks of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries.
We asked Amy to tell us more about “The Best Dog,” a tender song on her new CD, Home Sweet Home , and about the dogs who inspire her. This is her reply.
“‘The Best Dog’ isn’t so much about a particular dog as it is about this great, yet very fragile gift we receive from loving one.
“After a month of searching for the right match, we found Buki— our Collie mix—at the end of a row of cages at the Yancey County, N.C., animal shelter. A year later, we found him a companion at North Carolina Aussie Rescue. Kip is deaf, but he often listens better than his hearing-ear dog, Buki. Kip certainly heard me crying when I was recording the vocals for this song. And he gave me comfort when he saw it was needed.
“Dogs really are our best tonic. They get us out of the house, and out of our artistic funks, right out into the world. (And they do this almost effortlessly, too. That’s quite a feat for hermit-prone artists like us.)
“We are so grateful to our dogs for helping us embrace the moment, and for helping us to find our daily joy.”
The final verse of “The Best Dog” speaks volumes about losing a dog but finding another: