"I love dogs. They live in the moment and don't care about anything except affection and food. They're loyal and happy. Humans are just too d**n complicated."
[Translated back into English from German] Was it the isolation of fame that prompted him to get a dog? "Yes, that was extremely important for my inner balance. She was a substitute for family, a lover and friends. And I saved the money I would have spent on a therapist. She's called 'Blue', after the Bob Dylan song Tangled up In Blue."
Blueの名前がBob Dylanの"Tangled up In Blue"↓からつけられたのは有名なお話。
Bob Dylan - Tangled up in Blue
About his dog, Blue: "The idea was that she would help me with my blues. Training her is like training for being a dad . . . I've got a dog staring at me every morning saying, 'Let's go play Frisbee.' And I have to say, 'Don't you know how hard Daddy works?'"
Q: And how often did you experience the death of a pet?
A: Just once per pet. [Laughs] We had a dog named jester who I always thought we gave away, but I'll tell you the dirty secret of my family: jester was put down. He was a wild dog, hard to control, so my dad put him down. That was horrible. Our mythical family dog, the best dog, Jason, was a girl. She died when I was 11 and that was the heartbreak of dog death. She'd had a very dramatic path. She was found wandering in Egypt by a family we knew that was vacationing there. They found this starving dog wandering in the desert -- sounds biblical -- and brought it back, though they didn't really want it. We spent summers on Fire Island near them, and this dog started coming by our house one summer, especially to my mother. At the end of the summer they asked us if we wanted to keep her, so we did. She was a wonderful dog: smart, wise, loving, worried, very protective. Whenever my brother and I fought she would try to pull us apart. While we still had Jason we got Sal, a cat from the greengrocer on 11th and 1st Avenue, and then we got Sal's sister by another marriage, Miss Emily. Then Jason died. She was my mother's beloved soul mate and it happened around my parents' divorce, so it was a very confusing time. Then we got a Scottie named Daphne, plus a gray cat named Shanghai, then a black cat named The Alien, who my best friend's girlfriend thought we called Ableman, so we liked that name better and changed it. All but Ableman are, dead now.
Hangin' with David Duchovny
Q: When did Daphne die?
A: Daphne died when I was 25. It was really Daphne's death that was the hardest. She wasn't a great friend dog---terriers don't like humans that much. But she wasn't really like a dog. She never gave you that fun that dogs give. She was always very worried, rarely wagged her tail, never got excited. She'd sit in a chair like a person, with her back against the cushion and her front paws on the arm. My mother has said that she got Daphne when my father left and she poured all her sadness into the dog, and that she thought she squashed the dog's personality, but that without Daphne she wouldn't have survived. The dog was a receptacle for all of her pain. I believe there's some truth to that. The dog was definitely carrying a burden she didn't understand. When my mother called and said she was going to have to put Daphne down, I went over to say goodbye. Daphne could hardly walk. I picked her up and took her into every room in the house and talked to her about memories I had of stuff that we'd done in that room. That was really hard.
"Each morning I drive to work with my dog, Blue. When we get to within a half-mile of the set, she starts jumping up and down and getting all excited. I start getting depressed. I'm trying to learn from her."
The two real stars on the set are reportedly Blue and Gillian's daugther Piper. Here's what David thinks about it:
"Piper's cuter. But Blue has nicer hair. Blue used to be smarter, but Piper has eclipsed her in that area. I don't see Blue gaining."
On his most memorable day in Vancouver: "We used to always brag that my dog, Blue, had never, ever gotten so tired that she couldn't go on. I always said, 'There's no way I could ever tire Blue out.' I had never done it in my life. But one weekend, my wife and I got on our bikes and went out to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, where the University of British Columbia has some forest lands, and Blue ran alongside us for like three or four miles. Then we went out to Jericho Beach. We played that smash ball game where you're just hitting the ball back and forth, and Blue was playing Monkey in the Middle, going back and forth, for about half an hour. Then, I hit balls into the ocean for her for about half an hour. It was one of those low-tide days where she could run a quarter of a mile out and not get wet past her neck. Finally, Blue ran back home with us in the afternoon. When we got home, Blue actually collapsed and went to sleep and couldn't go any farther. That story sticks in my mind when I think about Vancouver as a great outdoor city. There's so much to do outside that you can actually tire out a tireless dog."
When asked if he still took Blue to the movie sets with him: "I wish she was with me here in Sydney, but she's home with her boyfriend George. Blue came with me every day when I worked on the X Files in Vancouver because my stand in, a guy named Yaap, was in love with Blue. But when we moved the show to LA the studio wasn't as friendly to dogs. My wife also has George, her dog, so they paired up. I do take her occasionally, but not like in the old days where we'd go to work every day together like a team."
"we'd go to work every day together like a team."