The video features never-before-seen footage of the "Margaritaville" singer — who died on Sept. 1 — enjoying the good life with his dogs
Jimmy Buffett's love for animals lives on.
The "Margaritaville" singer, who died on Sept. 1 at age 76, collaborated with the ASPCA to make a special music video promoting pet adoption, called "Like My Dog." The video — which was first unveiled by Today and highlights the special bonds people share with their animals — features never-before-seen footage of Buffett playing and enjoying the good life with his own dogs.
The clip opens with the musician bundled up in a coat, scarf and hat for an outing with his dogs. He holds a tennis ball in one hand, which one of the pups excitedly tries to grab.
"Hi, this is Jim and Jim's dogs," Buffett says. "We're back in business here. If you got dogs out there, I'm your guy."
He jokingly adds, "Just remember, we don't do cats, we don't do frogs. Here at Jim's, we just do dogs."
The video cuts to one of his pups sitting in a music studio, using its paws to move the controls on a mixing console. As the first notes of "Like My Dog" begin to play, a montage of clips captures Buffett's canine sidekicks joining him for sunny boat rides, fishing trips and more. Other pet owners are also showcased enjoying everyday moments with their animals.
In the video, Buffett sings about his ideal relationship inspired by the easy, unconditional love from his dogs, with lyrics including: “She never tells me that she’s sick of this house. She never says, ‘Why don’t you get off that couch?’/ She don’t cost nothin’ when she wants to go out/ I want you to love me like my dog."
According to the ASPCA, Buffett was inspired to make the music video after asking his fans to share their videos with their dogs under the hashtag #likemydog.
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“The dedication and humanity Jimmy Buffett put into his music crossed over into his love for animals, especially pets and wildlife,” Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA, said in a statement. “This collaboration honors Jimmy’s legacy and animal advocacy and reflects our shared commitment to help vulnerable dogs find safe and loving homes."
"Like My Dog" is featured on Buffett's final album Equal Strain on All Parts, which was released on Nov. 3. The 14-track album — announced just days after Buffett's death — debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Chart and scored a No. 1 spot on the Rock & Americana chart.
Earlier this month, Buffett was honored by his music peers with a tribute at the CMA Awards in Nashville. Country stars Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band performed a medley of some of Buffett's biggest hits.
The "Gypsies in the Palace" singer was also honored during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday when the Macy’s Great American Marching Band did a rendition of “Cheeseburger in Paradise."
To learn more about pet adoption from the ASPCA or to find a local animal shelter in your area, visit aspca.org/adopt.
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