Billie Holiday was a genuine dog lover. But the dog she was closest to was Mister, a gentle boxer who never left her side.
Billie Holiday knitted Mister sweaters (Dog Bar didn't exist back then), fed him steak and even bought him a mink coat. Whenever she performed, Mister was there.
Billie Holiday faced an unusual amount of hardship and tragedy during her life. It's not uncommon for a person with that kind of background to seek the unconditional love and companionship that only dogs can provide.
And Mister was clearly an exceptional friend and protector to Billie.
No go and give your dog a big hug!