Fans who pick up Darius Rucker‘s new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, will notice an adorable little white dog sitting next to Darius on the back cover photo. It turns out that’s Darius’s four-year-old pup, Shula, who was just hanging out at the house when Darius did the quick photo shoot for the new album.
“We’re on the back porch and we’re taking pictures, and Shula just comes up and stands next to me,” Darius explains. “My wife was like, ‘Shula! Come here!’ [The dog] looked at her like, ‘I’m gonna be in this picture.’ She just sat there, so we took it.”
Darius ended up loving that photograph with Shula, who he describes an “awesome dog.”
Says Darius, “She’s one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever dealt with in my life. She’s just so smart. But yeah, she’s a great dog.”
Look for Darius to sing “White Christmas” on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center Wednesday night at 8 ET. Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes are also on the bill.
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