National Pet Week Spotlight: Star Anna and Forest

Local Music
05/05/2014
Janice Headley
all photos by Amber Zbitnoff

While every day with a pet is a celebration, the first full week of May is officially National Pet Week, established in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) "to honor the many important roles pets have in our lives and to promote responsible pet ownership." To commemorate the week, we chatted with local musicians about their relationships with their own pets -- today, we profile Star Anna and her beagle-fox hound, Forest!

    What are Forest's nicknames?Dance Feet, Puppy, Bubba, Princess and BrendaHow long have you and Forest been together?A little over 3 years now. He's a rescue pup.Does Forest influence your music, or musical choices, in any way?Sometimes I like to make playlists based on what I think he'd be into. He has a really good '90s jams mix and a smooth Motown/R&B mix, too.How do you manage being on the road with Forest? Any tips for people who travel with their dog?He's a very lazy boy who loves to sleep, so car rides are kind of his thing. He also loves hotel rooms with two beds so he can jump back and forth between them. He's a service dog, so that really helps a lot, but there are so many great hotels that take dogs (usually for a deposit). It always helps to call ahead of time and let the hotel know you have a dog. A good website for info on traveling with pets is tripswithpets.com.

Star Anna is playing Monday, May 12th at the Tractor Tavern in A Benefit for the Oso Mudslide Victims with Mary Lambert and La Luz. Her most recent album, The Sky Is Falling, is available here as a digital download only.

Related News & Reviews

Local Music Daily Roundups

Monday Music News

KEXP DJs are counting the days 'til the release of the new album from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. Their third full-length, Stay Gold, won't be out until June 10th on Columbia Records, but we've got this Swedish TV performance to tide us over in the meanwhile. Watch them perform the track "...


Read More
Interviews Local Music

KEXP Q&A: Goodbye Heart

We caught up with Nila K Leigh and Sam Ford of Goodbye Heart to converse about some new projects, gain a little insight into the band's history and, of course, discuss their fascination with Tina Turner. The Seattle-based synth-pop duo just recorded an album, Restless Nights, with Shawn Simmons a...


Read More
Click anywhere to return to the site