Trisha Yearwood: there’s nothing like a rescue pet, ‘It’s unconditional love’

Country singer Trisha Yearwood has developed a line for pets called the Trisha Yearwood Pet Collection. So far, it includes treats, beds, collars, carriers and bags. She said she was inspired to develop a pet line from a lifelong love for animals. Trisha and husband Garth Brooks are parents to two dogs, Emmy, a stray they rescued from a country road and Millie, a pup they knew was theirs they minute they saw her on the rescue website. Trisha said there simply isn’t anything like a rescue pet because “it’s unconditional love.”

From an early age, Trisha Yearwood was certain about two things: she wanted to grow up to be a professional singer, and she loved animals.

“Since I was a little girl, I have always been the ‘Daddy, can I keep it?’ girl,” Yearwood, 56, tells PEOPLE about her history with rescue pets.

Now, the three-time Grammy Award-winning country superstar is ready to share that passion for pets with the world. On April 15, Yearwood is launching the Trisha Yearwood Pet Collection — a carefully crafted line of dog treats, beds, bags, collars, and more.

Yearwood is constantly talking about pets because she is the proud dog mom to two rescue canines — Emmy, a former stray that the singer saved from a country road, and Millie, a pooch she and husband Garth Brooks adopted after the couple saw the dog’s adoption listing online and Brooks proclaimed “That’s our dog!”

Along with making life easier for pet owners, Yearwood also wants her collection to improve the lives of animals everywhere.

“I hope that this pet line will give me the opportunity to help more shelters and rescue animals and have the chance to educate others about the importance of spaying/neutering your pet and pet adoption,” she adds. “Animals that you rescue, there is just nothing like them. It’s such a wonderful gift. It’s unconditional love.”

[From People]

I was touched by Trisha’s description of just knowing about Millie. I’d always been a hands-on adopter – going to a shelter to see which pet chose me and vice-versa. So I was skeptical about looking at a website for dogs I wouldn’t meet until I’d agree to adopt them. But with both of ours, by gum, I saw their pic and there was no question and which was ours, just like Trisha. I even had my kids look through the available dogs with no word that I had already done so, and they picked the same ones I had, both times. Most animals give unconditional love, of course. But I think I understand where Trisha is coming from. There’s a moment when the rescue pet seems to understand you’ve brought them home for good and that the bad that they’d known before is over. When that happens, they let you know in their own way. It makes me go all squishy just thinking about it. Pets rock.

Trisha’s pet collection launches today. Trisha said both Emmy and Millie were a big part of its design. Not only are their sweet little faces on the packaging, they became testers as well. Since both pups enjoy rolling in the dirt outside, Trisha was able to give all of her products the “This survived Millie and Emmy” seal. I love that she’s going to find a way for her collection to help shelters and pet adoption. I always prefer spending money when I know part of it is going to a cause I would donate to anyway.

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  1. Beenie says:

    I love my two rescued beasts so much! Their love of me is mostly unconditional, but certainly enhanced whenever I am holding bacon treats. That’s okay, I’m fine with a little light bribery here and there.

  2. Merricat says:

    The love my pets give me is uncomplicated and reliable, and in return, they live the life of Reilly when they come home from the shelter with me. They are an important part of our family.

  3. Astrid says:

    Where we live, adult cats are placed in a communal room. My two tween sons and I sat in the middle of the room to see what would happen. As it turned out, the cat I thought would be a pet for us from the website, hopped off his perch and waddled over to great us. It’s been a wonderful 7 years since that day.

  4. Lauren says:

    I’ve never had a rescued pet from a centre. I usually take in stray cats as I have a registered cat colony, they have the most love to give. Specially the feral cats once they start becoming a bit more trusting, and that is the best feeling.

  5. Sarah says:

    Out rescue pup is the best doggo of all time! Adopt, don’t shop y’all.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Cute pups! I hope her company helps a lot of pets and shelters.
    My cats were rescues from a hoarding situation, and my family and I often talk about what a different life they would have had. They are so spoiled. Sooooo spoiled. And they deserve it!

  7. Abby says:

    All the cats I’ve had over the years were either from a shelter, given to me by a friend with barn kittens, or rescued from the feral litter born in our woodpile. Our two kittens we got this year were adopted from a shelter.

    Our dog we had for 11 years was found on the side of the road and she was our bestest friend.

    I just love rescue animals!

  8. Jessica says:

    My bf and I adopted a dog in November from a shelter, and it’s been so amazing to see him settle in and love us. My bf said he just had a feeling, and within a day it was like the dog filled a hole we didn’t know existed. Even the dog felt it- he bonded with us very quickly. One funny thing is he hates having his collar off (like when he gets a bath)… he always tries to grab it, like he’s thinking “no! A collar means I’ve got a family, don’t abandon me!”

    • Nana says:

      It’s so funny, their little quirks.
      I’d never had a rescue dog before either – was grieving the loss of my old dog and joined facebook purely to look at rescue group posts, so I could donate some money here and there. I spent alot on my old dog, including massages etc, so it felt like it was helping my grief, while contributing to a random rescue dogs operation, or chronic skin problem treatment etc.
      Then just by accident I saw his pic on a rescue group page with ‘urgent’. He was on the ‘purple list’ at a nearby pound, meaning he’d be euthanised in the coming days if he wasn’t adopted.
      It really was just something about his pic – funnily enough, he looks very much like Trisha’s dog on the left with the patch over the eye…
      Five years later, here we are… he’s a beautiful little soul, who everyone loves.
      Every now and again he has his little meltdowns – I don’t think he’ll ever get his abuse from his past life completely out of his system. But we’re just loving and patient with him when he has an anxiety attack and he’s patient and loving with us all the rest of the time.

    • LarkspurLM says:

      Jessica – our rescue dog does the same thing with his collar! It seems like he knows the sound and it’s “his” and comforting?

      Love these pups…adopt don’t shop!!

  9. AnnieS says:

    The BF and I adopted a border collie mix from a rescue organization, and we can’t imagine our lives without him! We had been talking about getting a dog and checked the collie rescue website on a whim, and there he was. We brought him home a week later. His foster mom “warned” us that he was a cuddler, but she WAY undersold how much this dog loves his people. We start and end our days snuggled up on the couch. He’s the freaking best.

    • readingissexy says:

      Yes! Our family dog is also a big lover/cuddler. Some years ago, my father died of ALS, and my widowed mom needed companionship. I was looking at petfinder and saw this scruffy black terrier-maltese looking doggie who was part of a hoarding-abuse case. The dog looked like she needed more grooming, food, and love, but was a sweet-looking cutie. I applied and we got her! The first night or two she howled from being scared, but she quickly settled in. She was even potty trained within a week!

      Lily now lives like a queen. My retired mom dotes on her, gives her expensive food, fancy grooming every month, takes her on two walks a day, goes on car rides with her, etc. I joke that Lily is my mom’s therapy dog, too–Lily comes with my mom to social events! My introverted mom becomes socially anxious, and Lily calms her down.

  10. ChloeCat says:

    My kitty is a rescue cat I got from animal control. I saw her picture online as a wee kitten & I fell in love with her then. It’s been nearly four years of nothing but pure love. She is my soul animal, the furry love of my life.

  11. KNy says:

    She is so right! My rescue is the absolute queen of the household and we worship her. She’s so loyal and such a “person.” I’m not a country music person, but every time I read a story about Trisha Yearwood or happen to watch her cooking show I think, “I could be friends with her!”

  12. BearcatLawyer says:

    ALL pets are capable of giving unconditional love. I have had rescues, strays, mixed breeds, and purebreds purchased from reputable breeders, and the love we shared has been amazing. Yet I firmly believe people should adopt OR shop responsibly when they decide to add animals to their families. Not all people are capable of handling a rescue or shelter pet. For them buying from a competent, caring breeder may be the best option.

    • Sarah says:

      It very important to understand (and not perpetuate a stereotype) that all rescue and shelter dogs will have a history of abuse/neglect or need special attention beyond normal family love. Ours was from a litter and their mum brought in from the street and the rescue was very careful to place them all. A good rescue will know the dogs’ needs, have matching criteria, and offer a foster to adopt option to ensure that everything is working out and work to solve the issue before rehoming. You can have your dog tested for underlying health or genetic conditions without knowing their full breeding history. A reputable breeder is not a guarantee of temperament or free of issues either. The key thing is to take time to make a careful and considered decision.