Many country artists carry a special place in their hearts for their four-legged friends. Dogs seem to be the popular pet in country music, with some artists’ dogs achieving their own level of fame. From George Strait‘s late dog Buster (who starred in a Wrangler commercial), to Miranda Lambert‘s pack of seven rescue pups at home, country music has definitely gone to the dogs.
Alan Jackson has owned his fair share of canine companions over the years. One of his most dearest friends was his adorable West Highland White Terrier, or “Westie,” Opie.
Sadly, Opie passed away on Friday (June 9) at the ripe old age of 15. Alan took to Facebook to inform his fans of Opie’s passing, and wrote a touching note in the pup’s honor.
“We know you’re chasin’ birds & squirrels with Buddy and Goldie now,” Alan wrote, referring to two of his other dogs that have since passed away. Along with his message, Alan shared an adorable photo that showed Opie cruising along with him in his old-school convertible.
We lost our beloved Westie Opie today. He gave us 15 1/2 years of joy and unconditional love. We know you're chasin' birds & squirrels with Buddy and Goldie now! RIP Opie Taylor Jackson
Fans sent their condolences pouring in through the comments, with many sharing memories of their own pets that have passed on. Several fans had a pet pass away that same week, so they were easily able to share in Alan’s grief.
After over 15 years together, we’re sure that Alan must be missing Opie terribly right now. The sweet pup’s passing reminds us of Alan’s 2002 single “That’d Be Alright.” Although the song wasn’t written by Alan, there is a line in there about a beloved dog that goes as follows, “If my dear ol’ dog never got old, if my family farm never got sold, if another bad joke never got told, that’d be alright.”
Our thoughts are with Alan and his family during this sad time.