Miranda Lambert Mourns the Death of Her Dog Waylon: 'Today I Lost One of My Best Friends'

"We are heartbroken but happy that he is running across the rainbow bridge right now and will be waiting for us," Miranda Lambert wrote in her tribute

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Miranda Lambert's dog Waylon. Photo: Miranda Lambert/Instagram; Terry Wyatt/Getty

Miranda Lambert is mourning the loss of one of her closest pals.

The country singer, 36, revealed the sad news on Instagram Thursday night that her beloved dog Waylon had died after almost 13 years with her.

"Today I lost one of my best friends. My old pal Waylon," Lambert wrote at the start of her heartbreaking tribute, alongside a collection of photos featuring Waylon and his sister Jessi over the years.

"I found him and his sister on the side of the road in Oklahoma in January 2008," she recounted. "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," Lambert continued. "She said he probably wouldn't make it but he did. For almost 13 years."

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Miranda Lambert with her dogs Waylon and Jessi. Miranda Lambert/Instagram

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"The House That Built Me" hitmaker went on to say that Waylon was "a rock in our family" who "always held down the fort" and "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," she continued. "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 added that she was also "so glad" that her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, "got to know" the Golden Retriever "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. 🌈," she added. "Dogs change your life. The bond is something that can't be described unless you have lived it."

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In a true testament to her love for animals, Lambert recently teamed up with the Waggle Foundation to establish the MuttNation Fund, which will help music industry employees cover their pets' medical bills amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The "Bluebird" singer was inspired to launch the charity effort after her backup singer and close friend Gwen Sebastian's dog Earl fell ill in March with a rare liver disorder as coronavirus infections began to spike in the United States.

"It was such an unexpected major expense at an already tough time," Lambert said in a press release. "So, it got me thinking that there must be a lot more people whose careers in the music industry have been on pause due to lack of live performance opportunities, and who are struggling with their pets' vet bills."

She continued, "Because music and mutts are my two passions, I knew I had to do something and thought that starting this fund would help both the music community that's been so supportive of me, and their pets."

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