The "Z'' has a sadder origin: It's for his 9-year-old adopted Rottweiler mix Zora, who died of cancer in March. Jackson points to the spot where the tattoo was inked and says he was holding her there when she died. "That's exactly where her heart stopped beating. It was so life changing for Monty and I both that I just thought, 'I need to honor that spot with something.'"
Jackson and Lapka didn't plan to adopt another dog after their heartbreak, but Bernadette Peters, the actress and animal rescue activist, sent them a photo four months ago of a homeless mutt who melted their hearts. Brillo is now a happy member of their family.
Jackson's year of change will culminate in Washington, D.C. He's due to sing music from the "Mad Men" era at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 31. That's a sober New Year's Eve for him.
"I'm not drinking now anyway so it'll be easy-breezy," he says with a smile.
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