Last week’s Glastonbury Music Festival performance by Dolly Parton was witnessed by more than 100,000 people, but when all was said and done, one lonely pooch nearly stole the spotlight from the iconic entertainer.
A fluffy white pup that had been separated from her owners during the festival — and nicknamed “Doggie Parton,” in part because of her sweet nature — came to the attention of the singer-songwriter, who vowed to adopt the 15-year-old dog if her original owners were not able to be located.
On a conference call from Stockholm, Sweden today, Parton said that just five minutes before joining the call, she had found out the dog, who was being held at the Happy Landings animal shelter in Somerset, U.K., would soon to be reunited with her owners. So, the country superstar will not be able to adopt her after all.
“We got a call that the true owners did come forward,” Parton explained. “They had reported the dog missing but there was a language barrier. I think they were from another country. They got the dog back, everybody feels good about it. The Happy Landings shelter has a happy ending now.”
Although Parton was looking forward to taking the dog home with her, the dog’s health and advanced age would have prevented it traveling overseas. Had she been able to adopt her, Dolly already had a name chosen for the adorable pup.
“I was gonna rename her ‘Glassie’ because of Glastonbury… I was gonna say, ‘Glassie come home,'” the singer quipped, in reference to Lassie Come Home, the classic film about another lovable canine. “I would’ve called her ‘Glassie Doggie Parton.'”
On July 14th, the global superstar will be in Locarno, Switzerland, for the final show on her Blue Smoke world tour. Up next for the tireless 68-year-old is a little time off, before getting back into other business ventures, including continuing to work on new music, as well as the musical — and accompanying film — based on her literal rags-to-riches life story.
Although she was at the center of the 2011 documentary, “Hollywood to Dollywood,” about twin brothers in L.A. on a mission to get their screenplay in her hands, Parton’s last big-screen appearance as an actress was alongside Queen Latifah in 2012’s Joyful Noise.
“I may possibly do some television and some producing,” she teases. “I do hope to do more movies. I’m not opposed to it. But only if I get good scripts.”
Glassie, Come Home, anyone?