Miranda Lambert ‘Heartbroken’ Over Death of Her Dog Jessi

Miranda Lambert’s beloved dog of over 13 years has crossed the rainbow bridge. The country superstar took to Instagram on…


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July 30, 2021


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Miranda Lambert & Her Dog Jessi; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

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

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.