Dealing with the death of a pet is never easy. That goes for whether you’re the average person or a country music superstar like Miranda Lambert.
Early on Thursday afternoon, Lambert took to social media. There she announced to her more than 4.2 million followers that her longtime pet and best friend, Jessi, has passed away.
“Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi,” Lambert begins her emotional tribute. “I got to love her and be her mom for 13 1/2 years.”
If you were wondering just how Lambert wound up with Jessi and her other dog Waylon, well, it happened in typical Miranda Lambert fashion. She has always had a sweet spot for dogs, so when she saw two puppies on the side of the road back in 2008, she couldn’t help but to bring them home.
“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 six 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.”
Unfortunately, Lambert says in her post that her other dog Waylon passed away last October.
“We got to have Jessi just a little longer,” she admitted. “But the truth is they belong together. They always have. I know she missed him terribly and we are so thankful to have had the extra time. Today they are reunited at the rainbow bridge.”
Miranda Lambert is a Huge Advocate for Pet Adoption
Country music fans know that if there’s anything Miranda Lambert loves more than music, it’s her beloved pets. Animals, and especially dogs, have always been a huge part of who she is at her core. And the touching story of how she became the mother of Waylon and Jessi certainly showcases that she has a soft spot for animals in need of a home.
As a matter of fact, the country superstar has always gone above and beyond to help animals in need. So, it should really come as no surprise that in her spare time, you can probably find her at a local animal shelter volunteering. She even started up the MuttNation Foundation back in 2009 with her mother Bev. The two lead the organization with the goal to help as many dogs as possible find a safe and loving place to call home.
“A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has volunteered at a shelter or adopted or fostered a pet this year,” she announced last year. “One of the bright spots of this crazy year was seeing animal shelters be emptied because so many people welcomed a new fur baby into their home.”