Owl and Animal Companions
Sophie B. Hawkins’ first cat was named Owl. She was a rescued when she moved from New York City to Los Angeles. Owl started Sophie’s love for animals, and later she adopted another cat named Puck. Not long after that, Sophie adopted Yahoo and Skeeter, her dachshunds, a parrot named Winchel and two canaries, Charlotte and Sherbert, another cat named Chimney, and more to follow that we can count.
Virginia aka "V"
Sophie B. Hawkins had a special place for her Labrador “V,” short for Virginia. Virginia passed away in 2009 and Sophie penned a loving tribute:
Hello out there from in here, I have sad news. My Labrador, Virginia Lee Woolfe, died today in my arms. “V” deserves description, and because I love her so much, I will attach myself in every way to her magnificent simplicity, her uncalculated elegance, her effervescent youth.
I met V in a cage in Oxnard Ca. in 1996; I had never had a dog and had looked in every shelter my dear friend Bonnie (whom I’m sure V is happy to see again) would drive with me to. I didn’t know where I was, because, as a New Yorker, Oxnard is beyond reference, but I saw her compassionate eyes as she sat resigned and uncomplaining in that depressingly cramped space, and I said “I want you.” I named her the moment she curled at my knees in the passenger side of my newly leased Jaguar, she was about 18 months old and too frightened to pick her head up. Over the next few months as V trained me to be her mother and best friend she got to like the Jaguar very much, the passenger seat became her’s and her’s alone, I chauffeured her to the great hikes and beaches of Ca., and she enjoyed the many luxuries of air conditioned studios and catering on sets.
V and I not only went from lonely puppies to young adults and finally seasoned women together, we seemed to settle into ourselves at the same pace. We found Venice where we could walk and walk and walk on the poetic streets, Oakwood park where she had her kid admirers who adored throwing her tennis ball until I carried her home sometimes, and the beach during the wonderful winter rain storms. My life with V has been peaceful, strong and private. No matter what has gone on over these past years, I could depend on V, my Woolrich flannel jacket and my LL Bean boots, and of course, my blue jeans. Being alone with V was like being in a Robert Frost poem, complete yet open ended. Nature bound, yet spiritually unlimited. I wanted to live with V everywhere, especially New York, and I always promised her Central Park, but I never stopped touring and working long enough to plan a week ahead, and the basic truth is, V was everywhere to me. She stopped me yearning to be back in my city or forward in Australia, she centered me with her practical, contented love of being. I used to say that before I ever got involved with a religion or a spiritual practice or God forbid a guru, I’d follow V around for a week and learn what living is really about.
Some of you have met Huckleberry on the road, well, V was her teacher. When V met Huckleberry she was a black ball of wild furr who couldn’t walk five steps without stumbling. V taught her how to stay on the sidewalk, avoid the Pit bulls, stop at the curb, walk without needing a leash and get everything she wants out of her people. V also taught Huck how to behave in the studio so she isn’t thrown out during recording, even Jennifer Love Hewitt did amazing vocals while Huck sat quietly in her fur house on the piano in the same room, unbeknownced to the perceptive star. How many musos have said, “your dog is so cool, I didn’t realize she’s been here the whole time.” That is a key point of creating, to be a guiding force and yet unseen, to close the gap without sucking an ounce of energy from the progress.
I didn’t say goodbye, I said “see you soon”, because when I do see her again, when she greets me at the gates with that fantastic wagging tail, it won’t feel like even a moment has passed. We’ll pick right up where we left off in the stream of life. Although, when I die, I must remember to have a tennis ball in my hand.
Goodnight, V. Sophie
Sophie B. Hawkins
November 1, 1964 (58)
Sophie B. Hawkins is an American singer-songwriter and musician, whose artistic journey has seen chart-topping hits and a commitment to animal advocacy. Emerging onto the music scene with her distinctive sound, Hawkins has carved out a niche that blends pop, folk, and jazz with thought-provoking lyrical content.
Hawkins made her presence felt with the release of her debut album “Tongues and Tails” in 1992. The album was a critical and commercial success, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Her first single “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, showcasing her versatility as an artist. She further continued her musical journey with subsequent albums, including “Whaler” and “Wilderness”, maintaining her unique blend of pop, folk, and jazz.
In the course of her career, Hawkins has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, enriching her discography. She worked with Thomas Dolby, who produced “Tongues and Tails”, creating a musical masterpiece that resonated with listeners. Other collaborations include her work with Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music fame, Gigi Gaston, and Chris Lord-Alge, the noted sound engineer. She also shared stages with iconic musicians like Joan Osborne, Melissa Etheridge, and Sarah McLachlan on the Lilith Fair tour, showcasing female talent in the industry.
Hawkins’ musical prowess has not gone unnoticed in the industry. Her debut album “Tongues and Tails” was nominated for a Grammy, recognizing her as one of the promising newcomers of her time. Moreover, her songs “As I Lay Me Down” and “Right Beside You” have frequently found places in various international charts. Further, she was awarded the ASCAP award for her song “As I Lay Me Down”.