Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with Celestial Wizard’s Tim Gillman and discussed his experience with fostering dogs.
Tell us more about your pet(s) and their names?
We foster dogs, so we have different dogs all of the time. Currently, we have a wonderful black lab named Duke. We’re guessing he is about 2 years old. He loves when the band gets together so he gets pets and belly rubs!
Have you ever taken your pet on tour?
No. As fun as that sounds, most of our fosters come from difficult pasts and the hectic tour life likely wouldn’t be the best environment for our dogs.
Who looks after your pet while on the road?
Family & friends are always happy to help look after our doggos.
What’s your pet’s favorite song or album?
Duke loves the song Revenant. It’s usually the first song we practice together, so the energy is high and the dog loves it.
How did you introduce your pet to metal?
Whenever we’re cooking up food for band practice, we put on heavy metal in the background. The dogs get to listen to metal while smelling delicious food and spending time with the crew. We like to think that whenever one of our dogs hears heavy metal, they know some good meats are on the way.
What animal charity means most to you?
Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue. Labs are a popular breed but sadly many labs are abandoned, especially in our area of the country. RMLR is great to work with and we’ve helped almost a dozen dogs get adopted in just the last year!