Sheryl Crow says the spirit of her dead dog is "still with her".
The 'If It Makes You Happy' singer had her pet Labrador mix, named Scout, for a decade until his death last April.
She revealed to the USA Today newspaper: "It was devastating but he's still with me in spirit.
"We still call our tour company Scout Tours, and my dressing room still has his name.
She added: "Scout and I used to stare into each other's eyes longingly, it was like a sick love affair."
Sheryl - who is currently in the middle of a tour - also insists she is back on top after her split from her cycling legend fiancée Lance Armstrong and being diagnosed with breast cancer.
She said: "I feel the best I've felt in a long time, mainly because I've changed the way I treat my life. I needed to feel like things were getting back to normal."A tour is a reminder of what my life is about. This one's more celebratory than other tours have been, and at the same time it's gotten me back to a sense of normalcy."
The singer has also explained how a key part of her new life was a healthier diet.
Sheryl revealed: "I've been eating very plain, organic food.
"I probably haven't had a doughnut for eight months. That's a big thing for me, since those were the only sweets I would really eat."