Dolly Parton’s upcoming ‘Pet Gala’ special, powered by her love for animals, is set to air exclusively.

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

The two-hour program showcases a delightful range of stylish attire for dogs, inspired by Dolly Parton herself, alongside captivating duets with country stars Lainey Wilson and Carly Pearce.

It’s a universally acknowledged truth: Dolly Parton and dogs hold special places in people’s hearts. But could anything possibly enhance their charm? Indeed, there is: dogs dressed up as Dolly Parton.

Don’t just take our word for it; witness the irresistible evidence on Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala, airing Wednesday night in a two-hour special.

While the Dolly-inspired, fur-filled fashion segment occurs later in the broadcast, it’s certainly worth the anticipation. Nevertheless, leading up to this highlight, viewers are treated to a delightful mix of musical performances and stylish canine ensembles.

On the pink carpet before the show’s taping at a Nashville studio earlier this month, Parton shared that the concept for the event stemmed from her pet clothing line, Doggy Parton, which she introduced in August 2022.


“I just wanted to do something involving dogs,” she shared with PEOPLE, “because everyone adores their pets. Dogs truly hold a special place in people’s hearts.”

Even though Parton doesn’t currently own a dog herself, she reminisced about her upbringing in the mountains of East Tennessee, where dogs were always present. “We had dogs around the yard,” she reflected. “I’ve been surrounded by dogs since I was born.”

Nowadays, her closest furry companion is Billy the Kid, a French bulldog belonging to her manager Danny Nozell, whom she affectionately calls her “god-dog.” Billy served as the inspiration for Parton’s 2023 children’s book, “Billy the Kid Makes It Big,” which is featured in one of the TV special’s segments.

Parton opens the show with a treat that no Dolly enthusiast should overlook: a special performance of “Puppy Love,” her debut recorded track. She penned this song at the tender age of 11, collaborating with her uncle, Bill Owens. Two years later, she recorded it as a single in a studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana.


The first of five runway showcases promptly commences, presenting leashed dogs of diverse sizes and breeds as they strut down to flaunt their stylish ensembles. Actor-comedian Jane Lynch, renowned for her role as dog handler Christy Cummings in the beloved mockumentary “Best in Show,” provides colorful commentary for the live audience.

“What drives us to dress up our dogs?” Parton pondered before the show. “Well, I think it’s just pure love. You simply want to see how adorable they look.”

True to her words, Avery, Cinnamon, Finn, Lala, Lemon, Suri, and the other canine models all exude charm in their various outfits. Each runway show boasts a unique theme, such as patriotic and rock ‘n’ roll. However, undoubtedly, the highlight of the event is the Dolly-inspired collection.

Parton takes the stage with Lynch, witnessing her life unfold through the lens of four-legged companions. The fashion tributes encompass key moments from Parton’s life, including her childhood Coat of Many Colors, her collaborative years with Porter Wagoner, her iconic roles in “9 to 5” and “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” and her unforgettable 2014 performance before a massive crowd of 180,000 at Glastonbury, England.

Every fashion detail is meticulously replicated, from blond wigs to ample cleavage. (Dogs, with their adaptable nature, prove to be excellent sports in this endeavor.)


Interwoven within the runway presentations are pre-recorded segments celebrating the canine world, often showcasing celebrity pet owners like Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, and Kristin Chenoweth. Social media sensations such as Doug the Pug, Pooch of NYC, Noodles the Pooch, and Tika the Iggy make live appearances, while Rachel Smith from Entertainment Tonight conducts interviews with their owners.

The spotlight also shines on a series of musical performances: Chris Janson channels Elvis with “Hound Dog,” accompanied by his family dog, Willie, a laid-back two-year-old bloodhound. “By the way, this is my actual dog, Willie,” announces Janson, who also treats the audience to his latest single, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get.”

Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, from KC and the Sunshine Band, delivers a spirited rendition of the party anthem “Boogie Shoes.” Additionally, Dolly Parton introduces emerging folk-pop artist Joy Oladokun, who captivates the audience with a soul-stirring performance of “If You Got a Problem.” Seventeen-year-old guitar prodigy Grace Bowers also graces the stage, providing musical accompaniment for the runway presentations.


Naturally, no Dolly Parton show would be complete without her iconic hits, and she delivers them with flair. Lainey Wilson joins her for a heartfelt rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” while Carly Pearce takes the stage for energetic performances of “9 to 5” and “Jolene.”

On the pink carpet, Pearce, who once performed as a musical cast member at Dollywood theme park during her teenage years, radiated with excitement at the prospect of finally sharing the stage with her idol. “To have the chance to perform with two songs that have been in my set since I was 15 — it’s surreal and truly a privilege,” she expressed to PEOPLE.