Reese Witherspoon's family is growing.
The actress introduced her new puppy, Minnie Pearl, on social media Monday, weeks after the death of her dog, Pepper.
Witherspoon, who owns a home in Nashville, seemingly named her new furry friend after Minnie Pearl, the country comedian famous for her work on the television series "Hee Haw" and her appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.
"Introducing Minnie Pearl. Welcome to the family little one," Witherspoon captioned a sweet shot of the puppy.
Introducing Minnie Pearl. Welcome to the family little one ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ERgWPpn7Ef
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) November 9, 2020
Last month, Witherspoon, 44, announced that her beloved French bulldog, Pepper, died. Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillippe, added in an emotional post of her own that Pepper had been battling an "aggressive cancer" for several months.
"Just when we thought she was getting better, things took a turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully, surrounded by those who love her," the 21-year-old wrote. "If you ever met Peps, you’d know she was such a special girl."
Our sweet Pepper passed away yesterday. My goodness, she was such a loyal and devoted family member. I am so heart broken, but I am also deeply grateful for all the love and comfort she brought our family. Now she’s in dog heaven where all great pets go. Chasing tennis balls, running through open fields of wild flowers and being the Queen that she is. That’s what I believe. 🎾🌸 👑 We will always love you, Pepper.
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Today is a tough day. Our sweet girl, Pepper, passed away last night from an aggressive cancer, which she’d been battling for months now. Just when we thought she was getting better, things took a turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully, surrounded by those who love her. If you ever met Peps, you’d know she was such a special girl. She was smart, sassy, and loved cuddling. She enjoyed playing in the yard with our Labrador, Hank, and would make everyone laugh with her surprisingly speedy “zoomies” around the house. She also had a unique way of expressing herself with funny little noises that sounded like they were from some sort of pigeon. Pepper was simply the best, and I repeatedly told her how perfect I thought she was. This girl got me through so many tough times, including some of my teenage years, and I am forever grateful for our bond. I’ll always treasure the times when I’d come home from college and she would meet me at the door, jumping for joy, and I’d pick her up so she could lick my face. She really knew how to make me feel special! As sad as I am and as much as I’ve cried over losing her, I am happy she had such a great life and is no longer in pain. ❤️ Love you forever, miss Peps.
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Days later, Phillippe announced that she'd rescued a mixed-breed named Benji. Coincidentally, Benji's "gotcha" day coincided with Pepper's death.
"What a wild & bittersweet week. The day we lost Pepper just so happened to be the day I brought this sweet boy home with me," Phillippe wrote. "This is Benji! He’s from the @bestfriendsanimalsociety sanctuary in Southern Utah and is a dream of a rescue dog."
What a wild & bittersweet week. The day we lost Pepper just so happened to be the day I brought this sweet boy home with me... This is Benji! 🐾 He’s from the @bestfriendsanimalsociety sanctuary in Southern Utah and is a ✨dream✨ of a rescue dog. He loves to cuddle and meet new friends (human & canine) and has quickly adjusted to life in his new home environment. Benji also enjoys squeaky toys, outdoor adventures, and anything he is allowed (or not allowed) to eat. He is the happiest, smartest boy, and I’m so grateful to be his person. I cannot wait for him to perfect his manners and become his full, goofy self as time goes on! I want to give many thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for all the work they do to save the lives of animals big and small and for helping me and Benji find each other. If you love animals of any kind, you should definitely check them out! 🧡 Even though we just entered each other’s lives, I feel like I’ve known Benji forever. I’m super excited for many adventures with this guy by my side! P.S. Feel free to comment what breeds you think Benji is. I’m pretty sure he’s got some Border Collie in him, but who knows what else! 🐶
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