Kenny Chesney Dedicates Song To His Late Rescue Dog, Ruby

Dogs come into our lives and make them a whole lot better. Country singer Kenny Chesney is well-known to have a special place in his heart for rescue dogs.

He has opened both his heart and home to rescue dogs, one of which was a pit bull named Ruby.

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Sadly, Ruby passed away. This heartbreaking loss then prompted the singer to find a way to honor her, and he did so the best way he knew how: by creating a song.

In a further display of love and generosity, Chesney revealed that all the proceeds from the sale of the song would be donated to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis.


The song is called, “Da Ruba Girl,” and it’s a 6-minute song done in a lovely acoustic guitar tune. The song details his love and appreciation for his furry friend. There are heart-wrenching lyrics, such as “You needed her, she needed you/To hold, to help fill a space/Last in line, last cage at the rescue/It was a love that no one could replace.”

Chesney announced on Twitter the news. The full message is below:

Chesney spoke to People about Ruby and the song, saying, “People loved the song, I think, because they all knew a dog who had the same kind of spirit or heart, you know, the kind who was an underdog, who wasn’t the obvious choice.”

Chesney further explained that he made the decision to make the donation to a dog rescue, citing that stray dogs often find it hard to get adopted.

He said, “it seems like they rescue their people far more than they’re actually rescued. They give so much love, so much joy and loyalty. People don’t realize that, so these dogs have a much harder time getting adopted.”

Chesney further posted a photo of Ruby, writing, “Losing Ruby has left a hole there are no words for.”

He added on Instagram, “Ruby lived her life never holding anything against anybody. She had an ancient, calming soul. She was honest and authentic. Ruby loved the sun and how it felt on her face. She and I had that in common. Today I know Ruby is sitting somewhere with the sun on her face happy and grateful to have slipped her skin and body that was full of cancer.”

You can listen to the entire song on YouTube below:

If you want to purchase the song, you can do so from any music streaming service. Additionally, Chesney is acceptation donations on his website.

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