Country music star Blake Shelton‘s Doing It to Country Songs Tour has an extra special guest in tow— Jazz the German Shepherd service dog. The 5-year-old working canine is trained to detect changes in blood sugar levels and belongs to country starlet RaeLynn, who has Type 1 diabetes.
Jazz alerts RaeLynn when her blood sugar levels are too low, even waking her up in the middle of the night when necessary.
While on the road, he has also taken on the unofficial role of tour mascot.
“He smells everybody, knows everybody. He just lightens the mood,” RaeLynn, who will release her first full length album, WildHorse, on March 24, shared with People about her companion.
Jazz has been part of RaeLynn’s life for just over a year, after coming to her family from Global K9 Protection Services in Nashville.The other members of Jazz’s squad include RaeLynn’s husband, Josh Davis, who is currently away at basic training, and the couple’s Chihuahua, Dolly, who is named after music legend Dolly Parton.
There’s definitely a noticeable size difference between Jazz and Dolly, but it’s the tiny Chihuahua that runs the show.
“He adores her!” said RaeLynn. “She picks and chooses when she adores him. If she growls at him, he will get off his bed and let her have it.”
While Dolly’s feelings on Jazz are mixed, RaeLynn loves everything about her service dog and the protection, comfort, and sweetness he has brought to her life, especially while she is on the road.
“It’s cool to know that a dog is so loyal to you. He is loyal to another level. He never lets me out of sight,” she shared.
Another one of Jazz’s biggest fans is Shelton, who has enjoyed having the intelligent German Shepherd on tour this winter.
“He always says, ‘Oh my God, my dog is so stupid by comparison,’” RaeLynn shared about the impression Jazz has left on Shelton.
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