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Pet Grief and Loss: Miranda Lambert and Dixie

Miranda Lambert and Dixie

Pet Grief and Loss

Pet grief and loss. Whilst country music stars must get their fill of tragedy our hearts still went out to the american singer Miranda Lambert, when she lost her pet dog Dixie in 2012. The animal rights advocate has owned the dog since she was 8 years old.

“My dog died Thursday,” Lambert said in a Twitter post. “My parents just told me. Headed now to bury my friend of 20 years. “I hope what they say is right. ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’”

Miranda, who sang “America the Beautiful” with her then husband Blake Shelton, before the 2012 Super Bowl has just completed her first ever headlining tour dates in the UK, Ireland and Scotland. She played to packed houses in London, Dublin and Glasgow as part of C2C: Country to Country 2016.

For many of us our pets are part of our childhood and as we grow up and leave our love for them does not diminish. And I thought I’d share the lyrics of one of her songs where she pays homage to her faithful childhood friend Dixie

“The House That Built Me”

I know they say you cant go home again.
I just had to come back one last time.
Ma’am I know you don’t know me from Adam.
But these handprints on the front steps are mine.
And up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar.
And I bet you didn’t know under that live oak
my favorite dog is buried in the yard.I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I’m someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself
if I could just come in I swear I’ll leave.
Won’t take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years.
From ‘Better Homes and Garden’ magazines.
Plans were drawn, concrete poured,
and nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama’s dream.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I’m someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave.
Won’t take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this whole world and forgot who I am.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I’m someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could walk around I swear I’ll leave.
Won’t take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

Miranda Lambert

 

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