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Jake owen mourns the sudden loss of one of his beloved dogs.
The country singer, 39, revealed in a moving Instagram post that his German Shepherd, Slash, died suddenly Saturday night after an unexpected medical emergency.
“I unexpectedly lost one of my best friends last night,” Owen wrote on Sunday. “The Drs said his stomach had ‘rolled over’ and even with emergency surgery it wasn’t enough to save him … I didn’t even get home in time to tell him goodbye.”
Slash was the youngest of the musician’s German Shepherds. Owen called him “the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever had” and said the puppy “was more of a human than a dog”.
“Losing a dog is like losing a family member,” he added. “It was even difficult for me to create this post and share it. Come on, love on your family. Come on, love on your dogs. See you up there in [heaven] Slashy. I love you mate. “
Owen received a wave of support from the country music community following his announcement.
“So sorry mate!” Said Chris Lane, while Chuck Wicks added, “these are for sure family.”
Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town also commented: “So sorry Jake !!!”
“Dude, I’m so sorry. I know what that feeling is like. Send love everywhere,” Travis Denning wrote.
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It has been a roller coaster year for Owen. In December, the singer proposed to his longtime girlfriend Erica Hartlein after three years of dating.
“It was after my divorce, and I remember looking at her. I was just intrigued by her beauty and the way she was courting in that store that day and telling people what to do. I was like, “Wow, she’s got a lot going for her. She is confident, ”he recalled in 2019 on the All our favorite people Podcast.
In April, Owen and Hartlein’s daughter Paris Hartley spent her second birthday at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville after suffering an asthma attack. The musician wrote in an Instagram post that he “never imagined” that she would spend her birthday this way.
“Thanks to everyone at @vumcchildren for being so helpful and taking care of her,” Owen wrote. “She seems to be doing a lot better and Erica and I are very grateful and overwhelmed by the kindness and support so many of you have shown us.”