Paul McCartney with his sheepdog Martha, 1968.
In October of 1968, The Beatles recorded the Paul McCartney penned “White Album” song “Martha, My Dear”. At the time, most people assumed McCartney was indirectly singing a message of love to his longtime girlfriend, Jane Asher who had just broken off their engagement a few months earlier. Funny thing is McCartney was actually not signing about his ex-girlfriend Jane but rather to the other subject in the photo above, his beloved English Sheepdog “Martha”. In 1997, McCartney confirmed that “Martha” the dog had been the inspiration behind the song “Martha My Dear“.