Miranda Lambert Mourns Death Of Her Dog Waylon

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Miranda Lambert’s pets are her children. She has horses, cats, chickens, and a whole pack of dogs.

Sadly, that pack just lost one of its most beloved members.

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On Thursday night (October 22), Miranda shared the news that one of her two golden retrievers, Waylon, had passed away. “Today I lost one of my best friends,” she wrote. “My old pal Waylon.”

Miranda told the story about how she rescued Waylon and his sister, Jessi, way back in 2008:

I found him and his sister on the side of the road in Oklahoma in January 2008,” she recalled. “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.

Miranda said that she immediately took the two puppies to the vet, and learned that Waylon was in bad shape. The vet told her she didn’t think Waylon would make it:

…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 [Jessi] eat first,” Miranda wrote. “He did that nearly his whole life. She said he probably wouldn’t make it but he did.”

Waylon and Jessi both survived, and went on to live the farm dog life with Miranda’s other dogs. He also traveled with her whenever she made the trip back home to Texas for Christmas.

She said she is thankful Waylon got the chance to get to know her husband, Brendan, and that his sister Jessi is still with them.

We are heartbroken but happy that he is running across the rainbow bridge right now and will be waiting for us when we get there,” Miranda said.

Read her tribute to Waylon below, and scroll through the slideshow to see some photos of him as a puppy.

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Today I lost one of my best friends. My old pal Waylon. 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. 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. Im so glad my husband @brendanjmcloughlin got to know him in his final years.💙 We are heartbroken but happy that he is running across the rainbow bridge right now and will be waiting for us when we get there. 🌈 Dogs change your life. The bond is something that can’t be described unless you have lived it. Thank you @sarahananney @julianentwig and @t_man_photo for being his other moms and dad and taking such care of him when I was gone. And thank you to the team at @animaliawellness in Franklin TN and BluePearl pet hospital in Franklin TN for giving us such amazing treatment and a few more years together. Hug your pups today y’all. #rescuedog #dogmom @muttnation

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Below, we’ve included a few more photos Miranda has shared of Waylon through the years.

As she said in her tribute to him, “He lived his life with no fences” and loved being with the other dogs in the family.

Also, look below to see Waylon, his sister Jessi, and some of Miranda’s other dogs star in a video for her MuttNation Foundation. He was such a sweet, happy pup!

Our hearts go out to Miranda, Brendan, and their other furbabies during this sad time. It’s clear Waylon will be dearly missed by all of them.