Kenny Chesney Pens Emotional Goodbye Letter To Beloved Rescue Pup, Ruby ‘Da Ruba Girl’: ‘We Loved You’

Kenny Chesney is mourning the loss of Da Ruba Girl, a rescue dog that was adopted by his longtime friend,…


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December 4, 2022

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Kenny Chesney is mourning the loss of Da Ruba Girl, a rescue dog that was adopted by his longtime friend, Mary. 

The country superstar took to social media early Sunday (Dec. 4) to share a heartfelt post in memory of his four-legged friend. 

“Today we lost Da Ruba Girl. Ruby lived her life never holding anything against anybody. She had an ancient, calming soul. She was honest and authentic, she was a protector, she took a warrior’s path in the journey of her life. Ruby loved the sun and how it felt on her face. She and I had that in common,” Chesney wrote alongside a photo of Da Ruba Girl. 

He went on to bid farewell to the pup with an emotional message. 

“Today I know Ruby is sitting somewhere with the sun on her face happy and grateful to have slipped her skin and body that was full of cancer. I know she is happy to have had Poncho in her life. They were partners in crime and never spent a day apart. But she is forever grateful that Mary saved her from the shelter. But really they ended up saving each other. I’m going to miss her, especially in the mornings. That’s when she and I really connected. So bye-bye, Ruby. You were a very good girl. We loved you, and thank you for teaching us how to love unconditionally. You were one heaven of a dog. “She’ll be known all over the world… as Da Ruba Girl.”

Chesney’s love for Da Ruab Girl inspired him to write a song in her honor. The track was written solely by the East Tennessee native and plays exclusively on Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio channel on SiriusXM. 

“Her best friend’s name is Poncho / And she loves him, oh my gosh / Like Frosty Paws / She hates the mowers and the marrow / Like she hates to get a wash / Her hair doesn’t grow and it doesn’t curl / She’s Da Ruba Girl,” Chesney sings on the first chorus of the tune, which also name-drops his 11-year-old dog, Poncho. 

Chesney adopted Poncho, a Goldendoodle, in 2012. 

“A friend gave it to me and said, ‘Here, Kenny, you have to learn to attach to something!’ God’s honest truth!” Chesney told PEOPLE at the time. “Now, I love the guy. Next thing you know, next day at PetSmart, I’m buying stuff, buying things and I have no idea!”

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Poncho is the “Here And Now” singer’s first dog since childhood. He sometimes pops up on Chesney’s social media accounts and even made a guest appearance in his 2012 “Come Over” music video. 

Kenny Chesney is an animal lover and showcased his love for dogs and cats in 2018 when he helped rescue nearly 1,400 animals after Hurricane Irma tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands. His Love For Love City Foundation aided in the response through a partnership with Victory Air and Big Dog Ranch Rescue.  

Chesney recently announced that will be returning to the road in 2023 on his I Go Back Tour. 

The trek, which kicks off on March 25 in State College, PA, features support from Kelsea Ballerini and will find the eight-time Entertainer of the Year going back to where he started in an effort to honor his fans – No Shoes Nation – in the best way he knows how.

The I Go Back Tour will visit 21 cities across the United States before wrapping up at the Hy-Vee Indy Race on July 22 in Des Moines, IA. 

The tour comes after a record-breaking year for Chesney, who played 21 NFL stadiums this past summer.

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell

Kenny Chesney I Go Back Tour

March 25 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center

March 30 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

April 1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

April 6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

April 8 – Wilkes-Barre Township, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

April 12 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC

April 14 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater

April 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Tortuga*

April 25 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena

April 27 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

April 29 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

May 4 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at The Mark

May 6 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

May 9 – Grand Forks, ND – The Alerus Center

May 11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center

May 13 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena

May 18 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

May 20 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center

May 25 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

May 27 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf

July 22 – Des Moines, IA – Hy-Vee Indy Race*

*previously announced

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.