Country music star and two-time Grammy winner Miranda Lambert has announced sad news. Her precious dog, Jessi, has passed away at 13 ½ years old. She shared the news on Instagram, writing, “Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi.”
The loss comes just 9 months after the passing of Jessi’s littermate, Waylon. Lambert and her mother found Jessi and Waylon on an Oklahoma roadside in the middle of a sleet storm in 2008 when the pair was just six-weeks-old.
Jessi and Waylon went on to become the inspiration behind the MuttNation Foundation, a rescue founded by Lambert and her mom in 2009 and dedicated to saving dogs in need. Though her dogs are gone now, they’ve left Lambert with a heart full of love and memories.
Driving down an Oklahoma roadway in the icy fall, Lambert never expected to spot a pair of golden puppies. Of course, as a dog lover, she rescued the pair, a little boy and girl in need of a mom. She dubbed them Waylon and Jessi thanks to the album of choice playing at that moment.
“We were listening to the ‘I am Jessi Colter’ album. That’s how they got their names,” Lambert shared.
Jessi Colter was wife to Waylon Jennings and, thanks to that album, both pups found their names while at the same time finding one of the best dog moms around. But no matter how amazing mom can be, dogs still have to go, and in her passing, Jessi and Waylon have been reunited in a place of no pain or suffering.
“We lost Waylon last October but we got to have Jessi just a little longer,” Lambert explained. “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.”
Found together in life, Jessi and Waylon have found each other once more over the Rainbow Bridge. Read Lambert’s heartbreaking goodbye to Waylon and learn just what an amazing brother Jessi had in life. You can also learn how Lambert planted a tree in tribute to Waylon.
Saying Good-Bye Hurts, But the Love is Worth the Pain
As Jessi left, Miranda shared, “We sent her off with the song ‘Storms Never Last’ from the same record she heard playing the first time I put her in my truck.”
Certainly, a fitting tribute to a dog who brought her heart so much joy.
After their rescue and throughout their lives, Jessi and Waylon have been cared for by the medical teams of Animalia Health & Wellness and VRSM in Franklin, Tennessee. Lambert thanked them for the “extra years we wouldn’t have had with Jessi and Way and I’m so grateful.”
Mom to Jessi for over 13 years and always a dog lover, Lambert said, “I can’t put into words what a dog’s love does to a heart. But if you have one you already know.”
Lambert understands the magic of dogs as well as the pain of losing them, writing, “It’s so hard to let them go but the love is worth it.”
She couldn’t be more right. Still, in this moment of mourning, our hearts are sending out love and support to help Lambert through this time of heartbreak.