The Captain and Tennille (and Their Dogs)

It’s okay to admit that you liked the “Captain and Tennille,” and their song, “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Music is personal, and has the power to take us back in time. For those of us who tapped our toes to their music, it’s hard to fathom that Toni Tennille is now 78 years old, and Daryl is 76.

The couple met while performing back-up instrumentals for The Beach Boys (Toni was the one and only “Beach Girl,” having played keys on the Beach Boys’ tour, and even sang on Pink Floyd’s legendary album “The Wall”). Sadly, 39 years was as long as their marriage lasted, and the Captain and Tennille divorced in 2014. At a happier time, however, they included their Bulldogs, “Broderick” and “Elizabeth,” on the cover of their 1975 album, and another subsequent album.

For a time, Toni was occasionally seen at dog shows and agility trials with her Australian Shepherd. In May 2008, she lost her beloved Aussie, “Hubble” to Hemangiosarcoma, a particularly unforgiving cancer. She later brought home big blue merle dog named “Smoky” with whom she did therapy work as part of the “Pets Are Warm Support program” for six years at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. “Smoky was my therapy dog too,” Toni once said in an interview. “He helped me get through some emotional hurdles.”

These days, Tennille lives in Lake Mary, Florida with her Australian Shepherds, sisters “Bebop” and “Lula.“

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