It was a tough day for Miranda Lambert as she shared the news that one of her rescue dogs recently passed away.
Lambert had a long run with her sweet pup, as the “Settling Down” singer found Jessi and her dog brother while driving along in Oklahoma more than a decade ago. She decided to take them in as her own, and never looked back.
“Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi. I got to love her and be her mom for 13 1/2 years. I found her and her brother Waylon on the side of the road in Oklahoma in Jan 2008 in the middle of a sleet storm. They were 6 weeks old. My mom was in the truck with me and we were listening to the ‘I am Jessi Colter’ album. That’s how they got their names,” Lambert explained in the emotional post.
She went on to talk about the dogs’ special sibling relationship throughout the time in her care, and how Waylon died just months ago. While Jessi kept herself moving, Lambert knew her broken heart would take her to her brother sooner rather than later.
“We lost Waylon last October but we got to have Jessi just a little longer. But the truth is they belong together. They always have. I know she missed him terribly and we are so thankful to have had extra time. Today they are reunited at the rainbow bridge. We sent her off with the song ‘Storms Never Last’ from the same record she heard playing the first time I put her in my truck. I can’t put into words what a dogs love does to a heart. But if you have one you already know,” the singer solemnly explained.
The country singer couldn’t have given Jessi her best life without the help of so many others, who gave their love and attention throughout the years. Lambert gave all who contributed a big shoutout in the Instagram mention, including her own MuttNation Foundation.
“A special thank you to the incredible team at @animaliawellness @vrsmtn for taking such good care of these two and all of our other fur babies,” Lambert said. “Y’all gave us extra years we wouldn’t have had with Jessi and Way and I’m so grateful. And to @sarahananney @julianentwig for being her other moms. It’s so hard to let them go but the love is worth it. #rescue #dogmom @muttnation.”
Lambert has been an advocate for rescue dogs throughout her career, leading her to create the MuttNation Foundation in 2009. Fans can find out more about the organization and donate online.