Backbeat: Trace Adkins Loves Dogs, So Choosing Waggin' Tails Winner Was Easy
Backbeat: Trace Adkins Loves Dogs, So Choosing Waggin' Tails Winner Was Easy

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Trace Adkins (right of center) and the Waggin' Train jingle contest finalists.

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Trace Adkins (right) and Waggin' Train contest winner Dewey Longuski.

Trace Adkins has loved dogs since he was a kid, so choosing the winner of the Waggin' Train jingle contest was not a hard task for the country singer.

"I remember every dog I had in my whole life," Adkins says. "They were friends, and were always very important to me in my life. It's the same way for my kids and my wife -- we love our dogs. We have the Australian Shepherd breed because we had to have one that our youngest daughter could deal with because of her allergies."

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Adkins has been totally involved in the contest since Waggin' Train came to him early in the year to help judge a 60-second jingle which would be submitted by pet owners from across the country.

"We had some really good entries," Adkins maintains. "I think that Dewey Longuski (who Adkins chose as the winner of the contest) is a good representation of all the different styles of music that were submitted to us."

Longuski's jingle, "Headin' Out to Tasty Town," was written about the "tail waggin' good times" he has with his dog, Joker, in Mason, MI. Adkins says it was fun to go into the studio with Longuski and an exciting opportunity for the winner to come to Nashville and experience recording the jingle.

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Adkins, who will co-host the American Country Awards on Dec. 5 with Kristin Chenoweth, has also been working on a couple movies which will be released next year. In "The First Ride of Wyatt Earp," Adkins plays Mifflin Kenedy, the father of James 'Spike' Kenedy, who mistakenly killed a woman in Dodge City while trying to kill a man he hated. Earp, played by Val Kilmer, heads the posse who goes after the younger Kenedy, who is later acquitted for the murder after his father pays off some of the town's leaders. "The Healer" has Adkins reprising his role as the angel of death, which he portrayed in "An American Carol" and "Trailer Park of Terror." The singer says having such a dark role doesn't bother him and in fact, "They can call me any time to play the angel of death."

Adkins' new single, "Million Dollar View," is one that he's found very helpful to have recorded. "Any time I'm in the dog house now, I just remind Rhonda (his wife) that the song is about her," he says with a laugh. "It works every time."

Adkins says he and Rhonda have just about finalized plans for their new home, which they are building after a fire destroyed their house last June. He acknowledges that Rhonda did most of the planning on the home, which will not be built on the same site. The family is living on their farm outside of Nashville while plans and the building process takes place.

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Trace Adkins (right) and winner Dewey Longuski recording the winning jingle in a Nashville studio.