“Dolly Parton Unites Famous Friends, Fashionable Pooches, and Chart-Topping Hits for an Evening of Style and Entertainment”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Dolly Parton: “In these dark and divisive times, I felt it was important to bring some joy and positivity. I wanted to create something fun and uplifting.”

At Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala just outside of Nashville, a blonde poodle adorned with pearls and black eyeglasses, sporting a metallic, ruffled frock and braided ears, stole the spotlight on the pink carpet. Numerous other impeccably dressed dogs joined the country icon and her celebrity pals for this late January extravaganza.

Chris Janson, accompanied by his wife Kelly and their bloodhound Willie, made a striking entrance on the fuchsia carpet. Grace Bowers arrived with her doodle, while Carly Pearce brought her shih tzus, including her adorable fluff ball named June, a potential homage to Parton herself. Among the canine attendees were a Dalmatian in a hot pink tutu, a Chihuahua donning a pink feathered cowboy hat, and a patriotic-fringed pug. Even a dog named Lieutenant Dan, despite lacking hind legs, proudly strutted in a pink satin shirt. Meanwhile, Lucille Ball, a Maltese, made a chic appearance in a black tutu accessorized with pink hairbows.

“Everyone knows I love people,” Parton remarked before the event. “I always talk about that. But they don’t know how much I love the animals, too. I think right now, everything is so dark, and everything is so hateful. I thought it would be fun to do something fun and uplifting.”

For those who missed out on an invitation to the inaugural Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala, the festivities can be enjoyed from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, airing on CBS. The star-studded variety show will also be available for streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs).

The star-studded lineup of artists joining Parton to perform on the show includes Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Janson, Bowers, Joy Oladokun, and KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. Special guests include “Young Sheldon’s” Iain Armitage, 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.

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

Janson shares the sentiment, stating, “Cool, doggy Parton,” upon being asked to bring Willie and perform on the show. “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.”

Parton and her manager, Danny Nozell, revealed that the event had been years in the making. They began planning it well before the pandemic, but COVID-19 halted their production plans. Additionally, it was abruptly halted again when writers went on strike last year.

However, Parton believes that Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala is worth the years of planning it took to execute, as long as people enjoy themselves.

“I want to have all these fun people laughing, talking, looking, and getting their minds off all the crazy stuff in the world,” she expressed. “It’s going to be a fun show.”

After the vibrant display on the hot pink carpet, celebrities and their furry companions filled a nearby soundstage for the show’s festivities.

Parton kicked off the event by serenading the audience with her song “Puppy Love,” dressed in a cozy red and white gingham ensemble complemented by red sequined shoes and paw prints adorning her attire.

“I’ve done various types of shows over the last 60 years, but tonight marks my first pet gala,” she announced to the crowd. “It’s a night of music, fashion, and adorable doggies strutting their stuff on the runway. Who wouldn’t love that? It’s the first time I’ve encouraged an audience at one of my shows to bark if they want to.”

Lynch, known for her role in the popular film “Best In Show” – a comedic take on dog shows, expressed her delight in hosting an event combining two things that always bring a smile to her face: dogs and Dolly Parton.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting all these doggy fashion shows,” she exclaimed. “I’ll be providing a dog’s eye view of all the fashion.”

Throughout the evening, dogs and their handlers graced the stage multiple times, showcasing the latest trends in canine couture. From themed ensembles to patriotic looks, the runway displayed a variety of styles.

The night also featured some of Parton’s iconic outfits, including those from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Glastonbury, and more.

“We’re showcasing a runway of iconic looks from my career,” Parton revealed. “From ‘9 to 5,’ to Porter and Dolly, and ‘Best Little Whore House,’ it’s going to be a blast.”

Parton took the stage several times throughout the event, delivering performances such as her opening number and a rendition of “9 to 5” with Pearce. She also treated the audience to a bedtime story for the dogs and even sang Happy Birthday off-camera to KC of KC and the Sunshine Band.

Billy Ray and Firerose Cyrus graced the stage to share with the audience the significant role dogs play in their love story.

“Our furry family members served as the maid of honor and best man at our wedding,” Billy Ray shared.

“With the unwavering love that our pups shower upon us, it was only fitting 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 many remarkable working dogs. Squid, a black lab employed at the Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was featured, alongside Titan, Parton’s service dog, who she described as “highly trained to sniff out trouble” before her performances.

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