Stevie Nicks, of Fleetwood Mac fame, spent decades in the spotlight, writing, recording, and touring the world to sing her amazing music. Whether part of a band, or as a soloist, she has always taken her pet dog along for the ride. Throughout the years, Stevie has consistently had a furry companion at her side, not only the beards of her many lovers—a mini Poodle named Ginny in the late seventies and early eighties, and an Afghan Hound named Branwen.
She once commented, “I’d read a novel about two sisters, Branwen and Rhiannon. I wrote the song about Rhiannon and bought an Afghan hound and named her Branwen. So it could have been the other way around, you know?”
Rhiannon was one of Fleetwood Mac’s top hits of all time, and one can easily imagine the song flowing just as smoothly off the songstress’s lips if the song had been written for “Branwen.”
The Chinese Crested Yorkshire Terrier that was with her the longest was named Sulamith Wulfing, after the German-born painter and illustrator whose mystical work tends to mirror that of Ms. Nicks. Sulamith (the dog) was described by the award-winning musician as “my life-partner puppy” in an interview for Oprah Magazine in 2013.
She went on to say, “I can’t live without her. She travels with me almost everywhere, and she’s even got mini Stevie Nicks flaming capes, black chiffon dresses, and white jackets that match my wardrobe made for her.”
Sadly, Sulamith passed away in early 2016 after seventeen years with Stevie.
Stevie was a guest on The Late Late Show with James Cordon in late 2016 where she publicly introduced her new dog, Lilly, a white-haired Chinese Crested,
to her fans right from her dressing room. Stevie Nicks has written books that tell her side of many Fleetwood Mac stories, her experiences on the road, personal struggles, and her love life- and while few of her songs actually center around her love of animals, it’s easy to see by her lifestyle that Stevie, like many of us, doesn’t feel like herself without a dog in her lap or by her side.