Our hearts are with you, Miranda! Country star and animal lover Miranda Lambert took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal some heartbreaking news: Her beloved dog of 13.5 years, Jessi, has passed away. Miranda rescued Jessi and her brother Waylon (who passed away last year) from the side of the road in 2008. Since adopting these dogs, Miranda has helped countless other pups find homes through her MuttNation Foundation, a nonprofit she and her mom founded in 2009 to promote and facilitate the adoption of shelter pets.
Miranda shared the emotional story of her sweet pup with her fans on Instagram:
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. 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. 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. 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
After her heartfelt tribute, Miranda thanked the veterinarians who helped care for Jessi. Fans and fellow celebrities commented with condolences for Miranda and her family.
Country singer Tenille Townes wrote, “I’m so sorry….. sending you so much ❤️❤️❤️”
Ashley Monroe (who sings with Miranda in the Pistol Annies) commented, “Whew. I love those babies and you.”
Country duo Tigirlily added, “Sorry Miranda 😢 Sweet Jessi… sending love ❤️”
Stylist Tiffany Gifford wrote, “❤️🐾❤️🐾 She’s playing and running pain free with her brother and puppy pals! 🌈 Praise God for pups🙏🏼”
Miranda said she sent Jessi off with the song “Storms Never Last.” Such a sweet tribute for a beloved friend.
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