Loveless’ Dog Doubles as Duet Partner

Patty Loveless and husband Emory Gordy Jr. have a musical prodigy in the house — their new German Shepherd puppy, Shostakovich. Whenever Loveless taps out a melody on a toy piano, “Shosta,” as they call him, starts “singing” and sometimes paws the keyboard. And when Loveless calls home during the Down From the Mountain tour, Gordy puts the phone by the piano for Shosta’s show. “It’s the funniest thing,” Loveless admits. “This puppy can’t get enough of that piano. He loves to play and ’sing’ — and if he keeps it up, we may buy him a mandolin and take him out on Down From the Mountain with us.” 07/12/02