Back in October, country star Miranda Lambert posted a sweet eulogy on social media after the passing of one of her beloved dogs, a golden retriever named Waylon. She's since shared in a Nov. 2 Instagram story that she planted a tree on her property in Waylon's memory. Photos of the tree can be seen on radio station KJ97's website.
Waylon and his sister Jessi were rescued on the side of the road in Oklahoma back in January 2008.
"I was listening to Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings at the time me and mom saw them and pulled over to pick them up," Lambert wrote in her heartbreaking tribute. "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."
The "Bluebird" singer went on praise her old pal Waylon in terms any rescue dog parent will understand.
"He was a rock in our family and always held down the fort," she continued. "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 Brendan McLoughlin 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."
Lambert and her mom, Bev, founded nonprofit organization MuttNation in 2009 to help animals at local shelters find forever homes.
MuttNation recently teamed with the Waggle Foundation's veterinary assistance group to launch the MuttNation Foundation. The foundation will help pet owners in Nashville and beyond when their best friends face unexpected vet bills.