Dolly Parton organizes an event filled with renowned companions, adorned canines, and beloved tunes for an evening brimming with style and enjoyment.

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Dolly Parton expressed, “Given the current atmosphere of darkness and hostility, I believed it would be enjoyable to create something light-hearted and inspiring.”

At Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala just outside of Nashville, a blonde poodle adorned in pearls, black eyeglasses, and a metallic, ruffled frock, with her ears styled in braids, gracefully posed for photographs on the pink carpet. Alongside her, numerous impeccably dressed dogs showcased their Sunday best, gathering with the country icon and her esteemed companions for the event in late January.

Among the attendees were Chris Janson, accompanied by his wife Kelly and their bloodhound, Willie, who made their entrance on the fuchsia carpet. Grace Bowers arrived with her doodle, while Carly Pearce brought her shih tzus, one of which she affectionately calls June, revealing her consideration of naming the pup after Dolly herself. The gathering featured a diverse array of canine fashion, including a Dalmatian in a hot pink tutu, a Chihuahua sporting a pink feathered cowboy hat, and a pug adorned with patriotic fringe. Notably, Lieutenant Dan, despite lacking hind legs, confidently strutted in a pink satin shirt, while Lucille Ball, a Maltese, made a stylish appearance in a black tutu complemented by pink hairbows.

Reflecting on the event, Dolly Parton remarked, “Everybody knows I love people, but they don’t know how much I love animals, too.” She expressed her desire to counteract the prevailing negativity with something uplifting and enjoyable.

For those unable to secure an invitation to the inaugural Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala, the festivities will be broadcast on CBS from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The star-studded variety show will also be available for streaming on Paramount+ for both live and on-demand viewing by SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs.

The lineup of performers joining Dolly Parton on the show includes Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Chris Janson, Grace Bowers, Joy Oladokun, and KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. A star-studded array of special guests includes Iain Armitage from “Young Sheldon,” Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Chenoweth, Margaret Cho, Billy Ray and Firerose Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris, Carson Kressley, Jim Nantz, Jessica Simpson, and Tigirlily Gold.

Actress Jane Lynch takes the helm as the host of the hound hoedown, with additional support from Kelly Osbourne and Rachel Smith, who serve as runway correspondents.

Expressing her admiration for Dolly Parton, Osbourne, who traveled from Los Angeles with her toddler to participate, remarked, “I think Dolly is one of the most incredible women to ever walk this planet. I’m a huge Dolly fan. To be asked to do anything for her is a huge compliment.”

Chris Janson echoed similar sentiments, recalling his enthusiasm when asked to bring his bloodhound, Willie, and perform on the show. “I was like, ‘Cool, doggy Parton,'” he said. “Wherever Dolly wants us to be, I’m there. She’s really nice, and she’s shown up for me without hesitating. She’s the biggest star in the world.”

Dolly Parton and her manager, Danny Nozell, revealed that the event had been in the works for years. Parton explained that they began planning well before the pandemic hit, but their efforts were disrupted by COVID-19 and a subsequent writer’s strike.

Despite the challenges, Parton emphasized that the Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala was worth the years of planning it took to bring it to fruition. “I want to have all these fun people laughing, talking, looking, and getting their minds off all the crazy stuff in the world,” she said. “It’s going to be a fun show.”

Billy Ray and Firerose Cyrus graced the stage to share a heartfelt account of how dogs played a significant role in their love story.

“Our beloved furbabies served as the maid of honor and the best man at our wedding,” Billy Ray recounted.

“With the unwavering love that our furry companions offer, it was only natural for them to stand by our side as we exchanged our vows,” Firerose chimed in.

Billy Ray emphasized, “Dogs offer various forms of love, support, assistance, and solace.”

The show also spotlighted several remarkable working dogs. Squid, a black lab employed at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was featured, alongside Titan, Dolly Parton’s service dog, whom she described as “highly trained to detect trouble” before her performances.

“Like all the dogs trained to assist, they genuinely embody the essence of being man and woman’s best friend,” Parton concluded warmly.