Erin Napier Announces Death of Her Family Dog, Baker, with Emotional Announcement: ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’

by Samantha Whidden

Home Town star Erin Napier took to her Instagram on Monday (July 26th) to announce the death of her family’s dog, Baker. 

“All dogs go to heaven ❤️ We (and especially she) will miss Baker. Thankful for the 12 years he lived,” Napier shares in the post’s caption, which features a sweet picture of Baker with she and Ben Napier’s daughter, Helen.

Erin Napier, along with her husband Ben, has been co-hosting the hit HGTV series Home Town since 2016. The duo also has two spin-offs, Home Town: Ben’s Workshop, which premiered on Discovery+ in January 2021, and Home Town Takeover, which premiered on May 2nd. The couple has two daughters. Helen was born in January 2018 and their youngest daughter, Mae, was born at the end of May 2021. 

Erin Napier Talks ‘Home Town’ Success In Recent CBS Interview 

In a May 2021 interview with CBS News’ Marth Teichner, Erin Napier recalls how Home Towns began. “We made the pilot and assumed it probably won’t be on TV, it was just for fun,” Erin explains. She then states that when it was actually on TV, there were 2.2 million people watching it. 

Erin also says that the HGTV production team asked if she wanted to make a home renovation show and also a romantic comedy. Ben replied, “A love story about us, and about us and our town, and us and our friends.”

Erin and Ben Napier moved to Laurel, Mississippi after getting married. “I don’t like to be told that you cannot have a professional art career in Laurel I don’t like to be told that the place where I’m from is dead,” Erin explains. She also calls Laurel creative and unusual. She wants to share the city with the world.  

Erin and Ben have notably renovated 70 buildings, with all but one renovation in Laurel being homes. When asked what is it that she thinks makes people like her and the hit series, Erin describes the show as a happy place. “[The viewers] feel invested Laurel and the story here. And I think they see something universal that maybe applies to where they’re from, too.”

Erin and Ben Napier’s new series, Home Town Takeover, officially made its debut on May 2nd, with a women’s boutique being renovated instead of a home. The series premiere attracted 6.5 million people. The owner notably states during the interview, “I was a mess. I could not hold back the tears. My shop can survive now!” 

Ben then says that he and Erin hope that it sabot small-town America that actually attracts viewers to their shows. “We hope that that’s the takeaway from the show.”

Erin then adds, “Yeah, and not backsplashes.”