Sometimes it’s best to let fate take control. That’s what Dierks Bentley did when he found himself with an adoptable puppy in his arms during an appearance on the TODAY Show. In support of Dogust, the universal birthday for shelter dogs, the show had several animals looking for homes on set. During the third hour of TODAY, Bentley was invited to hold one of the pops while letting viewers see the sweet faces available for adoption. But those at home didn’t have a second to pick Goose as the Bentley family was eagerly texting the country superstar to bring home the four-legged friend.
“I’ve been texting back-and-forth with my wife and kids,” he later told hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist, while the dog’s adoption paperwork was being taken care of. “They really want a third dog. My wife for her birthday said, ‘All I want is a third dog.’” Initially resistant because they already have two adopted dogs, Bentley gave in. “I feel a connection,” he shared. “I feel it’s meant to be.” He also explained the deeper connection being that he calls his daughter Goose. Bentley’s three kids, as well as his wife Cassidy, are eager to meet their new family member. “They’re going crazy,” he said with a chuckle. “They’re going to fly to Jones Beach tomorrow. They’re all going to come to Jones Beach tomorrow — just to see the dog. They don’t care about Dad.” Goose will likely be Bentley’s new road buddy during the remaining dates of his wildly-successful Burning Man Tour. Dates for the trek run through September.