Sad news from the musical pooch world. Dierks Bentley and his fans are mourning the loss of the country star’s beloved dog Jake.
Bentley shared the tragic news in a twitter post captured “Rest in peace pal.” Jake was 15 years old.
rest in peace pal pic.twitter.com/olxyb5Of0f
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) July 10, 2016
The playful pooch is almost as famous as Bentley. The canine companion first appeared in his owner’s breakthrough 2003 debut music video for “What Was I Thinkin.'” He later made cameos in videos for “Feel That Fire” and “Up On The Ridge.” You can also spot Jake front and center on Bentley’s debut album cover.
Jake was with the singer just about everywhere. From red carpets to television appearances to magazine covers to the Grand Ole Opry, the precious pooch was smiling next to Bentley.
In 2013, after a series of terrible thunderstorms in Nashville, Jake jumped the fence and escaped the Bentley residence. A mad scramble to find him ensued, featuring the singer’s twitter following and a brigade of people out on the prowl, including the head of Bentley’s record label.
A helpful woman found and returned him to Bentley, who tweeted out his appreciation.
one of the happiest days of my life. grown men don't cry…yeah right. thank you to everyone on facebook and twitter that spread the word.
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) January 14, 2013
On his new album Black, Bentley pays tribute to his beloved companion, singing:
“For fifteen years right by my side / From a single man to three kids and a wife / Friends come and go, but when it comes to Jake / There’s just some things that can’t be replaced.”
Man, we feel for you Dierks. It’s clear that the four-legged friend was an irreplaceable companion. He lived his life to the fullest and did exactly what man’s best friend was meant to do.
Rest in peace, Jake.