Reporters say that Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, was feeling pretty good at a bar over last weekend back at his family's place near Nashville and began telling some pretty wild stories about himself and his famous daughter.
According to a guy near the table who sold us the story, Billy Ray stated that when Miley was about six years old, she wanted a dog so he was going to get her one but before he could, a "mangy old mutt" came by the place and Miley claimed him as her own. She named him "Old Lead" because he had had one named Old Lead a long time ago and Miley had heard the stories all her young life.
Billy Ray said that a farmer near where they had lived, back in northern Kentucky, had asked Billy Ray how good he was with target shooting and finally they had made a bet and went over to Billy Ray's house and took some targets.
"I lost the bet and laid my gun down and paid the farmer, Adkins his name was. They lived really close by. Then I left to see about getting a singing gig I had in Nashville. Forgot all about the gun."
"About seven that night I came home and I noticed that Miley was down in the dumps which wasn't like her. I told her why not go for a walk and take Old Lead with her and maybe she'd get to feeling better."
"Old Lead doesn't want to go for a walk."
"Now why would Old Lead not want to take a walk with you. He loves to."
Then Miley blurted out "Old Lead can't walk because I shot him with your stupid pistol!"
Billy Ray told the others at the table that he still doesn't mention it to her. Miley had apparently picked up the gun and pointed it at a target that had fallen from a tree and pulled the trigger just as Old Lead had jumped up at a bird.
"It was a good lesson for both of us. She wouldn't have another dog so we wound up with a big Maine Coon cat."
The story appeared in the Nashville Times the very next day and Billy Ray is said to have gotten an earful from his daughter over the phone the next night.