OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert Counts Blessings and Dogs

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Could this be some kind of nesting instinct kicking in for the almost Mrs. Blake Shelton? Miranda Lambert recently adopted (OK, maybe “found” is a better word) two new puppies, Virginia Bluebell and Black Betty. Lambert and Shelton found the two abandoned dogs on the side of the road. Which brings their total of rescue dogs to seven. And besides playing mom to all seven, Lambert is getting ready to record her next album in the spring, go out on tour and then, oh yeah, get married. “I’m ready for the next phase of life and for hanging out with my good ol’ Oklahoma boy forever,” she says in her latest blog. “I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and ate your peas for good luck!! That might just be a southern thing but I hope 2011 brings us all great things.” She also advises that all of her fans, “Don’t forget, love a shelter pet (or 7).”

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