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The Eagles, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Brad Paisley,
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Miranda Lambert's dog Delilah used to tour with Lambert, but now the West Highland white terrier mix stays back home. "Delilah was my first rescue dog, and she went everywhere, but she's kind of retired from the road at this point," Lambert told me. "She's just over it. So she stays with my grandmother." But Lambert's not alone on the road these days. She usually brings her little dogs Cher and Delta with her when she's touring because, as she explain, "They're little bitty dogs, so it's easy to maneuver them."
Lambert says her rescue dogs -- and most rescue dogs she knows and loves -- have a different air about them. They're thankful, she thinks. And that's part of the reason she's so involved with the Pedigree Feeding Project. "Our dogs probably run our life a little more than they should, truth be known," she laughed. "But with rescues, you make up for lost time. And ours have the best life now."
The Pedigree initiative gives the shelters they're working with 100 percent of their dog food needs, which Lambert knows will free up money for other things. "The shelter can save up to $100,000 a year by not having to buy food," she explained. "So that's $100,000 they can use in a million other places, like renovations or adoption drives or spay neuter programs." And even more, Lambert hopes the project will draw attention to shelters. "People think shelters are scary places, but they're not like old-school dog pounds anymore," she told me. "They're really nice places to go find a great pet."