RIP to a good boy.

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Credit: Miranda Lambert on Instagram

Miranda Lambert is going through a loss that most of us know all too well: the death of her longtime dog who was one of her best friends.

The country music star posted on Instagram on Friday that Waylon, who she found on the side of an Oklahoma road with his sister Jessi in 2008, recently died after 12 years with Lambert. 

“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 wrote. “Dogs change your life. The bond is something that can’t be described unless you have lived it.”

When she found the dogs, Lambert immediately took them to a veterinarian. Waylon was in bad shape—dehydrated and malnourished—because he had evidently let his sister eat before he did when they were out in the wild. The vet was doubtful that he’d live, but he did and continued to let his sister Jessi eat first throughout his life, Lambert writes.

“He was a rock in our family and always held down the fort,” she says. “He lived his life with no fences. The way we all want to live.”

Waylon was one of the more than a dozen pets Lambert owns, including his sister Jessi. (Lambert was listening to Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter in the car when she found them.) 

Lambert’s love for pets isn’t exclusive to her own. Earlier this year, she launched the MuttNation Fund to help people in the music community who need cash to help pay their pets’ vet bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.