Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and Wife ‘Heartbroken’ Over Loss Of 16-Year-Old Rescue Dog

“We miss you so much, little one,” Abby shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 13, 2021

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Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and his wife Abby are mourning the loss of a very special four-legged friend, their rescue dog Missy/Little One/Tiny.

The couple shared the devastating news on Wednesday (May 12). 

“We have some sad news to share, our sweet Missy/Little One/Tiny passed last week and we are heartbroken. 💔 We are still processing and honestly have taken this a lot harder than I think either of us could have imagined,” Abby wrote on Instagram. “We knew ultimately this would be the outcome, sooner rather than later, given her age and overall health but the rapidness of her decline has left us both a little rattled. We held her as she left and she left peacefully and safe. I know that she knew she was loved and I’m so grateful to have given her a few months of a truly charmed life. I have no regrets in our choice to adopt a hospice dog and I will cherish our time together, it was so much longer than we ever could have thought in the beginning.”


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Abby went on to reflect on the time that they had together and share her gratitude for Dan as he has been there for her during these tough times. 

“Though this has all been incredibly hard she has changed our lives. We miss you so much, little one,” she wrote. 

Dan also bid farewell to Missy/Tiny/Little One on social media. 

“We knew when we adopted her at age 16 with terminal cancer that our time together would be limited, but it’s still never easy saying goodbye to a loved one,” he shared. “She was safe in our arms as she left us peacefully, and for that we are grateful.” 

“Missy, we love you and you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts. May all your days be sunny, and your little tail never stop wagging,” Smyers added. 


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The couple adopted the senior dog in early March after fostering her for Nashville rescue, Wags and Walks.

“She was dealt a tough hand in her previous life, but we’re going to make up for lost love the rest of the time she has left. we’re unsure of whether she had a family before, but we’re happy to say that she does now as we’ve decided to officially adopt her as our 5th dog,” they shared at the time. 

Abby and Dan‘s four remaining dogs are Joy, Chief, Ghost, and Mac. They are each rescue dogs who also hold a special place in their hearts. 

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