Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, discovering who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with artist Matt Miller as he revealed his German Shepard/Husky mix named Shiva is quite the metalpup.


Tell us more about your pet(s) and their names?

I am the proud owner of an amazingly loving and goofy German Shepard/Husky mix named Shiva which is about 4-5 years old. I am Shiva’s 2nd owner and we have Palling around for almost 4 years.  Shiva is a very loving dog and an excellent friend. I don’t think anyone who has met her doesn’t like her. I have to say that re-homed pets are some of the best out there. 



Have you ever taken your pet on tour?

I have not taken Shiva on the road. Although she loves to put her head outside the window when we drive. Shiva also loves riding shotgun. She is in her happy place with the wind in her face, tongue hanging out, and her ears pinned back.



Who looks after your pet while on the road?

My family keeps an eye on Shiva and Shiva keeps an eye on them. Shiva does a great job patrolling the house. She is always on duty and hasn’t missed a day. Couldn’t ask for a better dog.


What’s your pet’s favorite song or album?

Shiva’s favorite song is I’m a dog and I like socks by Psychostick. Followed closely by the Necrophagist album Onset of Putrefaction and the Megadeth album Rust in Peace.



How did you introduce your pet to metal?

Shiva listened to metal since the day she was born. She loves to listen to Exodus and play musical chairs. She really goes crazy for those thrash drum beats.


What animal charity means most to you?

There is a local charity called Operation Dog that helps people pay for surgery that their pet needs. It’s a great thing Operation Dog exists. I know of a few people that have had Operation Dog help them and I have heard nothing but positive things about this organization.