Lifestyle Pets Country Stars & Their Pets Jake Owen, Carrie Underwood and more of country music's biggest stars love showing off their four-legged friends By Kate Kauss Published on November 6, 2013 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 14 JAKE OWEN Owen has two bulldogs, Vern and Merle. While Vern has retired from the road, Merle plays co-captain when Owen is on tour. “He stays up front; he likes it there,” Owen tells PEOPLE. 02 of 14 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Courtesy Carrie Underwood “Guess who came to work with me today??” Tweeted, showing off the guests in question: pups Ace and Penny. 03 of 14 TAYLOR SWIFT Courtesy Taylor Swift If the cat-loving ever were to get a kitty, it was going to be the cutest one ever. Swift did not disappoint when she brought home “new roommate” Meredith last fall. 04 of 14 MIRANDA LAMBERT Courtesy Miranda Lambert Betty, a new member of the - household, wasn’t used to being away from Mom. “She was sad so I brought her out on tour for the weekend!” Lambert Tweeted. “It’s her first time!” 05 of 14 LADY ANTEBELLUM Courtesy Hillary Scott Smile pretty! Newlywed Hillary Scott cuddles up to her pal Hobbs, who she welcomed in late 2011. 06 of 14 DIERKS BENTLEY Josh Anderson/AP Bentley’s pup Jake has Hollywood covered! The canine was his date to the 2009 CMT awards and has appeared in a few of his music videos. 07 of 14 LOVE AND THEFT Courtesy Love and Theft Band member Stephen Barker Liles excitedly showed off his new cat two years ago. “Gus Gus,” Liles Tweeted by way of introduction. “He’s a gangster-he will eat ur eyes out if I tell him-so beware.” 08 of 14 JASON ALDEAN Julian Dufort The country singer’s bulldog Athens is a distant relative of the University of Georgia’s furry team mascot. “I wanted the same bloodline as the actual mascot,” Aldean told PEOPLE. “So I went on an extensive search on Google and happened to find a breeder who had one of the sons of Uga V.” 09 of 14 TIM MCGRAW Splash News Online While visiting Brisbane, Australia, with wife and their children, got within hugging distance of a friendly koala. 10 of 14 THE BAND PERRY Courtesy of Purina There are only three kids in the Perry family, but Kimberly, Reid and Neil say they have four more siblings. “Our pups are our family,” Kimberly told PEOPLE. “We really do view Addie, Moses, Scout and Dakota as extended brothers and sisters.” 11 of 14 HUNTER HAYES Courtesy Hunter Hayes; Inset: Christopher Polk/Getty Even musicians need mascots. Meet Charlie, Hayes’s “official studio dog.” 12 of 14 CHRIS YOUNG Courtesy Chris Young; Inset: Rick Diamond/Getty LOLcat, anyone? “My parents cat says hey,” Young Tweeted. “Haha.” 13 of 14 TOBY KEITH Andrew Southam The singer-songwriter shares the quiet Oklahoma ranch he’s spent years building with a large brood of pets, including dogs Bailey, Dallas and Titus and a few race horses. 14 of 14 TRACE ADKINS Frederick Breedon/Getty It was the bond that couldn’t break. When a fire ripped through the star’s family home in Brentwood, Tenn., in 2011, daughter Brianna saved Daisy and Bella, Adkins’s two Australian shepherds.