Luke Bryan and his family recently <a href="https://www.simplemost.com/luke-bryan-adopts-senior-dog/">welcomed a new pet</a> into their lives, an 18-year-old rescue dog named Poochie. Sadly, after just a couple of weeks with the family, Poochie has passed away. He lived a long life, however, and the Bryan family couldn’t be prouder to have been part of his story.
The country singer’s wife, Caroline, shared the news of the salt-and-peppered pup’s passing on Instagram with a sweet message. She also included a series of images from the time he spent with the Bryan family on their farm:
“‘If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.’ My heart is sad but full to post this..our sweet Prince Poochie has passed away,” she wrote. “He lived 18 years and was loved by so many people.”
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHECSpn9PH/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading" style="background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;" target="_blank">View this post on Instagram</a><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHECSpn9PH/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading" style="color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">“If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.” My heart is sad but full to post this..our sweet Prince Poochie has passed away. He lived 18 years and was loved by so many people. My kids especially loved to hear him snore when he slept! Thank you @proverbs1210animalrescue for giving our family the opportunity to love this sweet dog. And thank you to @abbysmyers @nicolebobek @erin_creighton_ @framigosperfecto for your big hearts. Poochie loved you all. #adoptdontshop</a>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/linabryan3/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading" style="color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank">Caroline Bryan</a> (@linabryan3) on Feb 20, 2019 at 8:30am PST
As you can see from the images and video she shared, when the dog wasn’t exploring outside, he loved lying in his big comfortable bed. She also reveals that her sons were happy to know he was sleeping well in the bed they got just for him.
“My kids especially loved to hear him snore when he slept,” Caroline Bryan wrote on Instagram.
How sweet is that?
<a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/license/968694692">Getty Images | Mike Coppola</a>
The shelter the Bryans adopted Poochie from, Proverbs 12:10 Animal Shelter, also shared a farewell message to the good boy.
“While we would have loved for Poochie to have lived another 18 years, we are grateful for the time we gave him with our foster, Lacey Marie and with his adoptive family, the Bryans,” the shelter said on Facebook.
The animal shelter also pointed out how much Poochie enjoyed his time with his new family.
“Poochie enjoyed his time with the Bryan family. He even felt well enough to stroll in their pastures and be a dog again,” they shared. “He sadly passed away a few days ago, but he was loved and passed in his sleep on a big comfy bed. He is now buried on the Bryan farm amid other beloved pets.”
Since becoming part of the Bryan family, Poochie spent his time in the great outdoors, likely accompanying the country singer on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsTRLTznGEo/?utm_source=ig_embed">hunting trips</a>, much like the family’s other dog. The Bryans <a href="https://www.wideopenpets.com/luke-bryans-family-is-filled-with-animals-including-goats-jumping-on-trampolines/">also have a Labrador retriever</a>, along with chickens and several other farm animals!
The singer tweeted that he was “loving [his] new buddy” on Feb. 12, shortly after adopting him:
Loving my new buddy <a href="https://t.co/rAD9Nat7PY">https://t.co/rAD9Nat7PY</a>— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) <a href="https://twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline/status/1095480696842477569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a>
According to the <a href="https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/how-long-do-dogs-live/">American Kennel Club</a>, larger dog breeds typically live for 8 to 10 years. So considering Poochie lived to 18 years of age, he definitely had a long, full life — one that everyone who loved him won’t forget.
Rest well, Poochie.
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