Miranda Lambert Mourns the Loss Of Waylon, Her Beloved Dog of Nearly 13 Years: ‘We Are Heartbroken’
“Today I lost one of my best friends,” Lambert wrote.
Miranda Lambert and Waylon
One of Miranda Lambert’s beloved dogs has crossed the rainbow bridge.
The superstar took to Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 22), to share the heartbreaking news that Waylon, one of her golden retrievers, has died.
“Today I lost one of my best friends. My old pal Waylon,” Lambert’s somber post began. “I found him and his sister on the side of the road in Oklahoma in January 2008. They were abandoned, starving and freezing nearly to death. I was listening to Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings at the time me and mom saw them and pulled over to pick them up. I took them straight to the vet and she told me that the little boy was not doing too well (malnourished and dehydrated ) because whatever they had found to eat while they were homeless, he always let her eat first. He did that nearly his whole life. She said he probably wouldn’t make it but he did.”
She continued, “For almost 13 years. He was a rock in our family and always held down the fort. He lived his life with no fences. The way we all want to live. He was a farm dog through and through and retired to Nashville life riding on the bus with mama to go home to Texas for Christmas every year. I’m so thankful for the time we had with him and I’m thankful for the rest of the time we have with his sister Jessi.”
Lambert went on to share that she and her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, are heartbroken, but thankful for the years they had together.
“Dogs change your life,” she reflected. “The bond is something that can’t be described unless you have lived it.”
According to Lambert’s post, she sang Waylon the Brothers Osborne song “High Note” on his last night. She said it just “felt right.”
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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.