Country singer Miranda Lambert fulfills child's dream, visits Wellington animal rescue organization

Lambert adopts puppy, donates to Big Dog Ranch

WELLINGTON, Fla. - A little puppy has just found a forever home, but not just any home. The champagne-colored dog was adopted on Saturday by one of country music's biggest stars – Miranda Lambert. All thanks to a 6-year-old girl who dared to dream big.

In early August Riley Weinberger created a video about the rescued animals she cares for as a volunteer for Wellington-based Big Dog Ranch Rescue.  She is a huge fan of Lambert and had heard that the singer shared her passion for animals. She wanted desperately for Lambert to tour the facility during her visit to West Palm Beach to perform at Cruzan Amphitheatre on September 21 so she could help promote the work done by the rescue organization.

So she created the video and asked the singer: "Please Miranda, we could save more dogs lives."

Hours before Lambert was to belt out her famous songs she stopped by Big Dog Ranch, met Riley and her family, adopted a puppy and named him Bellamy (in honor of the Bellamy brothers), according to the rescue organization.

"Miranda was wonderful and very kind," said Eric Weinberger, Riley's father. He said that in addition to adopting the puppy, who was rescued from Miami-Dade Animal Shelter, the singer donated money to Big Dog Ranch.

Riley's video caught the attention of one of WPTV's producer who wrote a story about the child's desire to help better the lives of sick and abandoned animals. After the story aired on WPTV. Riley went on to be interviewed by several media organizations in Palm Beach County.

So far Riley's video has had more than 2100 views. You can watch her video at

Lambert shared her visit to Big Dog Ranch with her fans on her Facebook page

Kate Wentley and Kait Parker contributed to this story.

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