Miranda Lambert’s beloved dog of over 13 years has crossed the rainbow bridge.
The country superstar took to Instagram on Thursday (July 29), to share the heartbreaking news that her beloved dog, Jessi, one of her golden retrievers, has died. The news come just nine months after the passing her dog Waylon. Waylon was the brother of Jessi, both of whom Lambert found on the side of the road in Oklahoma in January 2008.
“Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi,” Lambert’s emotional post began. “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.”
Lambert continued, “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.”
Lambert’s post also included a series of photos of Jessi and Waylon.
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According to Lambert, she sent her dog off to Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter’s “Storms Never Last,” a song from the same record she heard when Lambert first put her in her truck.
“I can’t put into words what a dogs love does to a heart,” Lambert continued in her Instagram memorial post. “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.”
Lambert is known for her love of dogs and often gives back to various rescues and animal shelters through her MuttNation Foundation.