Scotty McCreery Calls Moose a ‘Great Big Brother’ to Son Avery

Avery might be Scotty McCreery and his wife, Gabi’s, first child, but they already had a little bit of parenting practice, thanks to their dog, an adorable yellow lab named Moose. The dog, who even has his own Instagram page, has had to get used to not being the only one to get attention in the house anymore, although his proud father says Moose is adjusting well to the change.

“He’s doing okay with it,” McCreery boasts to radio station 99.5 QYK. “You can sense a little jealousy every now and then, but he’s really a great big brother to Avery. He’s always very patient when Avery’s kind of being a little annoying. He just gives him a bunch of kisses.”

Posted by Scotty McCreery on Sunday, November 19, 2023


The couple adopted Moose not long after they said “I do,” wanting to get used to being parents to their dog before having a child of their own.

“Everyone is telling us now this is great training for kids one day,” McCreery told People when they adopted Moose. “We definitely wanted to start off with a dog. It teaches you responsibility and caring for someone else — making sure he’s doing good and putting his needs before ours sometimes.”



McCreery and Gabi will likely have presents for both Avery and Moose under the Christmas tree, which this year will take place in McCreery’s home state.

“We’re going to the mountains of North Carolina,” he reveals. “We’re going to hang out, cross our fingers there’s some snow, and just kind of kick back and relax a little bit. Reflect on the year, and look forward to the next year and all that good stuff.”

Before the McCreery family can celebrate their own holidays, the 30-year-old will celebrate Christmas as part of the annual  Opry Country Christmas event, one of McCreery’s favorite shows of the year.

“To me, certain things just go hand in hand,” McCreery tells Everything Nash. “Christmastime and the Grand Ole Opry, to me, they do that. It’s been a few years now that I’ve been able to make it up there for Opry Country Christmas, just singing country Christmas songs at the Grand Ole Opry. We’ve got Christmas trees, Christmas lights. Everybody’s holly and jolly. I love it, so hopefully I can keep going back year after year.”

McCreery, who will perform for Opry Country Christmas on December 3, just released “Feel Like the Holidays,” to help celebrate the season. He will kick off his Cab In A Solo Tour on January 26 in Troy, Ohio. Find all of McCreery’s music and tour dates at

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