AceShowbiz - Country singer Brantley Gilbert is mourning the death of his rescue dog, Alley.
The "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" singer lost his pup to cancer shortly after shooting photographs with the pet for the most recent People's Sexiest Man Alive issue.
"When People invited me to be photographed with Alley, we had just found out she had cancer," he explains in the magazine. "Sadly she passed away shortly after, but I do believe all dogs go to heaven and I know our sweet girl is there now."
Brantley adopted Alley after playing a bar gig in Georgia in 2009.
"Her markings were gorgeous," he shares of his first impression of the dog. "People were getting ready to come inside and she was kind of hanging around, I guess because people had been giving her (food)."
"We had … let's call it a conversation. After that she ran right up to me in the alley, so that's what I named her, and she's been with me ever since."
Brantley and Alley connected instantly after he bathed her several times and gave her flea and tick medication.
"I put her in the bed on the floor, but when I woke up, she was in the bed with me," he smiled.
Alley died with Brantley, his wife Amber Cochran, and their two children by her side.