George Strait Drops Awesome Throwback Pic with Dog: ‘When Your Buddy Wants to Come Along’

by Keeli Parkey

While we continue to spend time apart due to the global coronavirus pandemic, many stars continue to take to social media to connect with their fans. Instead of connecting in person, singers are reaching out virtually. George Strait is no exception.

On Friday (Jan. 22) the King of Country shared an adorable throwback photo of him with one of his four-legged friends via social media. The photo, which appeared on Instagram and Twitter, shows Strait standing next to a saddle and other horse riding gear. He’s wearing his trademark cowboy hat and looking very happy to be petting a very sweet pup.

“When your buddy wants to come along for a ride,” the caption accompanying the photo reads. Check out the photo via his Twitter account below.

Fans loved the photo and quickly responded to George Strait via Twitter. “Love this!” one follower said. “Heelers are awesome dogs. Have you taught him to ride? I wouldn’t be surprised if he could!” another said.

Other fans reacted to the photo on Instagram. “One handsome cowboy. I’m your buddy girl. I would to go riding with you George,” one fan posted. “Aww!! Cute dog. Great pic. Love your music!!” another George Strait fan said.

George Strait Announces Social Media Challenge

George Strait and company have been active on social media recently. And, they are currently inviting fans to participate in a unique social media contest.

On Jan. 13, Strait and company announced the “Amarillo By Morning” TikTok challenge via Twitter.

“In honor of the #AmarilloByMorning Anniversary, we bring you the Amarillo By Morning TikTok Challenge, for your chance to be featured on George’s TikTok page,” the post said.

According to information also shared via Twitter, the contest rules are fairly simple.

First, record a video on TikTok using the “Amarillo By Morning” sound. To find it, click “sound” on the search bar in TikTok and type in George Strait. Next, post the video and tag GeorgeStrait. Also, follow @GeorgeStrait on TikTok.

The deadline to enter the “Amarillo By Morning” TikTok challenge is Sunday, Jan. 31.

“Amarillo By Morning” was one of George Strait’s first hits. And while he went on to a stellar career full of hit songs, it remains one of his most popular. He recorded his cover for his 1982 album, “Strait from the Heart.” His rendition made it all the way to No. 4 on the Billboard Country Chart.

“Amarillo By Morning” was written by Terry Stafford together with Paul Fraser. Stafford recorded it in 1973. Chris LeDoux recorded a cover in 1975.

Without a doubt, the song is a country staple beloved by countless fans. It embraces the daring spirits of those who compete in rodeo and make it the most important thing in their lives. It’s a song about a free spirit and competitor doing what he loves best.

If you need inspiration for the TikTok contest, check out the video below.