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Dolly Parton’s Holiday Gift Idea for Dogs

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dollydogMy brother and sister-in-law live in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is just a “hoot and a holler” from Sevierville (pronounced “Severe-vull”), where indomitable country superstar Dolly Parton was born and raised. Dolly is practically a goddess in those parts, and people flock to her Dollywood amusement park in nearby Pigeon Forge to take in the shows year-round.

Some folks in those parts also like to chain their dogs. Chained dogs are so common in Tennessee that we have a running family saying that the state flower should be a dog on a chain. One of those “state flowers” even showed up on my brother’s doorstep once. He was a chow mix with a broken rope around his neck that said it all. Needless to say, my brother didn’t try too hard to find his guardian. Leonard, as the dog was named, recently died at a ripe old age, never having known another moment tied up with a rope.

My mom and I found another neglected dog in Tennessee on our first trip to visit my brother after he bought a house. We stopped to get a drink at a drive-in restaurant and noticed a beautiful rusty-red Labrador mix hanging around and begging for French fries. I asked one of the employees if she knew who owned the dog. “Oh, sure,” she said. “Her owner was committed to an insane asylum last week, and she’s been hanging around here ever since.” In other words, everyone in the small town knew that this dog had been left to fend for herself-and no one was doing anything about it! We bundled her into the car and presto! My brother had a new dog.

So what do Dolly Parton and neglected dogs have in common? The bighearted singer has lent her vocal talents to a PETA public service announcement with the message that the best gifts you can give your dogs this holiday season are love and companionship. The ad will be airing throughout the month of December on TV stations across the country. Hopefully, Dolly’s faithful fans will get the message and bring some of those chained dogs inside on these cold Tennessee winter nights.

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    Patricia Flynn-Williams says...

    December 19th, 2008, 6:10 pm

    I have always liked Dolly Parton (even though I don’t particularly like country music); now I like her even more. She has always been refreshingly straightforward and now we learn that she is caring and compassionate, as well. You go, Dolly!

    Elizabeth says...

    December 19th, 2008, 6:35 pm

    I knew I always loved Dolly for a reason!! Can’t wait to see the ads and read more blogs! Have a wonderful Christmas! – Elizabeth

    Gary says...

    December 19th, 2008, 7:16 pm

    Thank You for this Posting…
    Dolly Parton is an excellent example for all people, with regard to her caring and loyal nature.
    She could have put her “Dollywood” in many other places, where it would have made sooo much more money, like Nashville. She put it in her Home Sevier County, because she remembers her roots, and wanted to give back something to the Community that “raised’ her. As a result, many nearby businesses have flourished, which would not even exist, if it were not for the people attracted to Dollywood. I also grew up in East Tennessee, and Pidgeon Forge (location of Dollywood) used to be something we had to drive through to get to the Great Smokey Mountains. Dolly Parton has singlehandedly made it a Destination.
    I am so Happy to see her turning her kind efforts to PETA.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS DOLLY…!
    Thank You for reading…
    Gary
    Tampa

    Gail Richardson says...

    December 19th, 2008, 8:45 pm

    What a beautiful video! Thank you, Dolly Parton, Kathy Najimy, and PETA!

    HENRY LANE says...

    December 20th, 2008, 1:12 am

    the measure of a society and it’s people is how it treats it’ animals.
    Gandi

    Dawn Morris says...

    December 20th, 2008, 2:01 am

    Adorable, but very short…since the message is awesome, that’s ok. I just wish that it warranted a whole song. :o)

    Ruth says...

    December 20th, 2008, 10:37 am

    I Am So Happy That Miss Dolly Parton Is Putting In Her Two Cents
    To Help Our Four Legged Friends.

    I Am A Big Fan Of Miss Parton And I Love Animals To.

    Thank You
    Ruth

    Kathie says...

    December 20th, 2008, 11:32 pm

    God bless you Allison, for taking that dog home to your brother, and God bless your brother for taking in two dogs, who otherwise would have died miserable deaths.
    Dolly Parton is one of my favorite artists, so I am very glad to hear that she is helping out too!
    Merry Christmas.

    Lizz says...

    December 25th, 2008, 12:30 pm

    I wonder if any of the people in Tennessee have read these comments etc. Hopefully, they will come to realize that animals have feelimgs, get lonely, and deserve far better than spending their lives on chains at the mercy of whoever wants to look!They get cold also. Why do some people not realize that what animals give back is far better than what we give to them? No one is too old to learn–come on Tennessee–if this applies to you stand up and take notice. Your life will become richer if you move your animals inside!!Thank-you to those who learned from this!

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