Luke Bryan is well known for his country music scene presence, but music is not his whole life. He and his wife also have on their farm in Tennessee with chickens, goats, cats, and dogs. And they added another member to their family this month: Poochie.
When he got to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, which was founded and directed by Lavonne Redferrin in Nashville, Tennessee, Poochie had a very sad story. Poochie came so old and riddled with so many problems that when he was accepted by the rescue, they only planned to put him in hospice foster so that he could enjoy his last days in peace.
“I am still trying to wrap my mind around this situation( please read below), but rather than wasting time on that, I want to say, this sweet old man becomes a Proverbs’ rescue this morning,” the rescue posted on Feb. 1.
“At age 18, he is becoming a hospice foster( thanks Lacey Marie for inviting him into your home.) We will cover all medical needs as well as his food.”
“He is headed to Cornerstone this morning for initial vet care. Whatever amount of time he has left, he will receive love and comfort. Thank you MACC for reaching out to the rescue community to give him a chance.”
“We pulled 18-year-old Poochie from a shelter after his family surrendered him due to becoming allergic,” Redferrin told People. “We often step in and pull seniors, sickly and injured animals who are likely to be overlooked.”
Poochie went into foster care, but then the Bryans ran across his story. Something about him spoke to them, and they reached out and managed to take him onto their family farm to give him the best last days any dog could hope for.
“I don’t know of a soul who doesn’t love a happy ending,” the rescue wrote on Monday. “Well, get ready for your Monday smile because this is as good as it gets!”
“Poochie, the 18 year old who was surrendered to the pound when his family became allergic and whom we pulled was expected to be a forever hospice foster with Proverbs ( like many others in our care), but God had different plans.”
“After reading about Poochie on our social media, Luke Bryan and his beautiful wife, Caroline applied and adopted Poochie this past Saturday! He is pictured here with his new mom, Caroline and his previous foster, Lacy Marie!”
“He is loving life on the Bryan farm and soaking up all their love. Who knows, maybe Poochie will inspire a country song!”
“We are so thrilled for Poochie and know he is in great hands,” Redferrin said. “Caroline Bryan has graciously given us updates on our sweet boy. Their adopting this sweet old guy will allow us the chance to save yet another.”
But sadly, those days were short. People Magazine reported that Poochie passed away.
Poochie enjoyed two weeks with the family before he passed away.
Luke’s wife, Caroline, announced the dog’s passing on her Instagram, writing, “‘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.”
Poochie has been laid to rest on the family’s property with other pets they have lost, according to sources. Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, the animal shelter that orchestrated the adoption, also posted a tribute to the beloved dog on its Facebook page: “Poochie enjoyed his time with the Bryan family. He even felt well enough to stroll in their pastures and be a dog again. 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.”