When Brett Eldredge fulfilled a childhood wish to own a dog, he never once imagined becoming a full-fledged “dog dad.” But after adopting a sweet little pup he named Edgar, the Illinois native can’t help but dote on his sidekick.
“2 years ago today, this lil fella @edgarboogie came into my life…He was covered in fleas so I gave him a bath..he was scared to death…I was scared to death…he cried all night for several nights next to my bed…we quickly bonded in such an amazing way and he became my partner in crime…Though I swore I’d never say it, I guess it’s true, I’m a dog dad, and I’m so happy I get to have this guy along for this crazy ride,” wrote Eldredge on Instagram with a throwback photo of their first day together.
Edgar has become a staple in Eldredge’s life, often seen by the singer’s side while out on the road, even earning a fan club to rival his famous dad’s.
“Every night in the crowd there are tons of signs, ‘I’m just here for Edgar,’” Eldredge said with a laugh during a recent interview with Sounds Like Nashville and other media. “I never planned on making a famous dog or anything like that. My first ever video I posted was ‘I promise I won’t be that guy that posts a bunch of stuff of his dog.’ And then next thing you know it’s pretty often. But he’s part of my life, he’s my … I guess I’m a dog dad, I never thought I’d say it. But I guess I kinda am. I’m not ashamed of that at all, can’t be.”
While Eldredge never expected to become a self-proclaimed “dog dad,” he also never thought his parents would become willing doggy grandparents. The couple, Eldredge admits, had trepidations about whether or not the singer should add a four-legged friend to the mix, but have since come around to be proud dog lovers.
“My mom and dad used to be the last people you would ever call dog people. And now they’re crazy [about them],” admitted Eldredge with a grin. “I begged for a dog growing up. My whole life, every day. And I never got one. And then I always swore one day I’m gonna get a dog and they can’t stop me. And now I got it, and they were kinda iffy about when I got him, and they’re crazy about him. My mom’s cooking him meals. He eats chicken and rice, and my mom helps prepare all that, ’cause he’s got a sensitive stomach. So she’s always helping make sure his diet’s good. It’s totally a grandma, dog mom thing. It’s amazing though. It’s good though. Good to have the family support.”
Fans might get a glimpse of Edgar this fall when his pawsome pop hits the road for his headlining The Long Way Tour, featuring special guest Devin Dawson. The tour resumes in September and will run through mid-October.