Miranda Lambert mourns the loss of her ‘sweet’ Golden Retriever Jessi who she rescued from the side of the road over 13 years ago
Miranda Lambert shared on Thursday that her ‘sweet’ Golden Retriever Jessi had died, though no cause of death has been revealed.
The 37-year-old country artist announced her dog’s passing with a series of images throughout their 13 1/2 years together, after she rescued she and her brother from the side of the road when they were just six weeks old.
‘It’s so hard to let them go but the love is worth it,’ she said in an emotional tribute post, while reflecting on the first day she became a dog mom.
Tragic loss: Miranda Lambert, 37, announced that her Golden Retriever Jessi had passed away with an emotional tribute post of their time together over the past 13 1/2 years
Lengthy tribute: Miranda penned a lengthy caption where she spoke about all the love her Jessi and Waylon had given her
In her post Miranda shared snaps with her beloved pooch Jessi and her late dog Waylon spanning over a decade, and one snap featured her husband of two years Brendan McLoughlin kissing Jessi.
‘Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi. I got to love her and be her mom for 13 1/2 years,’ Lambert began.
‘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.
Babies: In her post Miranda reflected on the day she rescued Jessi and her late brother Waylon from the side of the road in Oklahoma in 2008
Babies: The adorable puppies became family from the time they were six weeks old and she spoke about the origins of both of their names
Reunited: ‘Today they are reunited at the rainbow bridge,’ the Bluebird singer wrote of her dogs being together in heaven
‘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.’
Miranda continued to thank a team of people at Animalia Wellness and VRSM veterinary clinics ‘for taking such good care of these two and all of our other fur babies.’
And she said that the love and nurture the teams provided gave her ‘extra years we wouldn’t have had with Jessi and Way and I’m so grateful.’
The Bluebird crooner signed off ‘It’s so hard to let them go but the love is worth it.’
One year after rescuing her dogs, Miranda was inspired to start a foundation called MuttNation with her mom Bev, which draws attention to various animals at various shelters in need of love and a home.
In his heart: One image she shared featured husband of two years Brendan cradling Jessi
‘Incredible team’: Lambert shouted out the ‘incredible team’ at two different veterinary clinics who helped nurse her dogs over the years
She has seven dogs in total now: Thelma, Louise, and J.D (Great Pyrenees), as well as Delta Dawn, Cher, Bellamy Brother and ROE who are mixed breeds.
Her property is also home to five cats, two rabbits and five horses.
Fortunately, Lambert was close to home when her dog passed as she took the stage at CMA Summer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening.
Her next performance is in Guthrie Center, Iowa on July 31 before continuing her tour all over the south in the coming month.
Close call: Fortunately, Lambert was close to home when her dog passed as she took the stage at CMA Summer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening; pictured July 28