The Big Wake Up With Don Chase and Sarah

The Big Wake Up With Don Chase and Sarah

The Big Wake Up With Don Chase and Sarah

A Labrador Retriever attends the American Kennel Club Presents The Nation's Most Popular Breeds in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Did you know that the month of August just happens to be National Dog Month? Until earlier today, neither did I. However, probably like you, one of my favorite topics to discuss happens to be a good ol’ dog, and country songs.

God gave us these incredible little creatures to love and then to enjoy and appreciate the unconditional love that a dog gives back. Below you will find my list of seven of my personal all-time favorite songs about dogs. In addition to the songs, I will give you the name of the artist, the year of the song, and a little bit about the artist or the group behind the song.

Now, let me confess. You have to get down to song number four to discover my personal favorite. I will let you know why a little later on.

Probably by now, you know that I am a confessed cat lover. If you didn’t know that you might find it amazing to hear a man confess that he loves his cat. I am not sure that you ever “own” a cat but that a cat “owns” you.

My wife Debbie and I often discuss that Sydney the cat, a feral cat by the way, chose our home. At the time Sydney the cat made his way into our life, we were beginning to experience the senior challenges of our 40-pound lady Labrador named China.

Unbelievably, just like Sydney, China adopted Debbie and I and adopted our home as hers. In a shocking turn of events, the neighbors divorced. Neither one wanted China. Debbie and I could not give her a home fast enough. Trust me, when China passed on, she took a slice of my heart with her when she went to doggie Heaven.

I hope you enjoy the list below of seven of my favorite songs about dogs. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be a tough choice. But I would choose song number four by Nashville songwriter Jason Matthews. Jason debuted the song during a BIG 957 Singer/Songwriter Show at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. When you hear the song, it will be obvious why there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere.

Again, I hope you enjoy this list of country songs about a good ol’ dog as much as I enjoyed compiling the list.

  • Blake Shelton "Ol Red"

    Take a minute and check your album collection. If you happen to have George Jones “You Oughta Be Here With Me” from 1990 or “If Only My Heart Had A Voice” by The Gambler Kenny Rogers, you may remember the tune “Ol Red.” But, the artist that everyone remembers is Blake Shelton and his version of “Ol Red” from 2002.

  • Pirates of the Mississippi "Feed Jake"

    If you have been a Country music fan for a while, you may remember the group Pirates of the Mississippi. This 5-man band did their best to “make it in Nashville.” Sadly, things didn’t quite work out. It was not until the band recorded their album “Paradise.” The last song on the project was the live version of “Feed Jake.” Enjoy!

  • Billy Currington "Like My Dog"

    In looking back, if anyone other than Billy Currington recorded this song, it probably would have not gotten played on The BIG 957 WKML. But, as you may know, Billy had a great bedside manner when delivering the vocals to “Like My Dog.”

  • Jason Matthews "For Pete's Sake"

    If you’re not familiar with Harrells, North Carolina, look between White Lake and Wallace and there you find the hometown of Nashville songwriter Jason Matthews. When Jason grew up there, residents called the town Harrells Store. Some still call it that. Jason said during a BIG 957 appearance that anyone who has ever loved a dog will understand “For Pete’s Sake.”

  • Dolly Parton "Cracker Jack"

    The Dolly Parton song “Cracker Jack” is about a real dog from Dolly’s childhood. “Cracker Jack” was recorded back in 1973 and was about her first dog from her childhood years.

  • Luke Bryan "Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old"

    If you own or have owned a Labrador Retriever, you know the secret why the breed is consistently the favorite here in the United States. From Luke Bryan’s album “Kill the Lights,” enjoy “Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old.”

  • Lobo "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo"

    For my last favorite “dog” song, let me take you back to 1971 and a song from Kent LaVoie. Kent went by the stage name Lobo. Now that I think about it, this could be the most popular K9 song on my list of favorites. “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo” was a huge top 5 song on the Billboard chart.

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