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Dierks Bentley opens up about the heartbreak he might never recover from Al Wagner/Invision/AP
Dierks Bentley performs at LP Field at the CMA Music Festival on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

For many, pets are a part of the family, so when a favorite friend from the animal kingdom passes, it’s absolutely devastating. When that pet is as much of a celebrity as his country music owner, then the circle of mourning gets even larger. So when we learned the news that Dierks Bentley’s beloved family dog and video co-star, Jake, passed away, we were absolutely heartbroken.

But obviously not as much as Dierks.

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In an interview with “Billboard,” the country star shared more of his journey with Jake, even explaining how he found a lump on his pup’s neck last November that turned out to be lymphoma. The lump was removed and after the surgery, Jake couldn’t walk.

“My wife and I were very conscious that when his quality of life reaches a certain point, that’s it,” he told “Billboard.” “We’re not going to watch him lose his dignity at the end. So we made a decision.”

The couple called a vet to come and euthanize Jake and Dierks says, “We cried for 24 hours.” However, when the vet arrived, he discovered that the Bentley’s four-legged friend had a slipped disc in his back. “It was the biggest 180 in my life,” adds Dierks. “I went from thinking I was going to have to put Jake down in that moment to he’s going to be OK…We ended up getting an extra six months with him.”

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Unfortunately, Jake did eventually succumb to cancer, and Dierks is forever changed. “He’s been with me from my single days to getting married to all my kids coming along,” he says. “My life’s changed and he’s made those changes with me. That will definitely be my last dog. My kids might get another dog, but I’m done.”

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The Bentley family does have another dog, Georgie, who prefers the life of a non-celebrity.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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