Dolly Parton has spoken of her relief after a dog she offered to adopt when it was left behind at Glastonbury was reunited with its owners.
The country superstar said there was some sadness that she would not be able to look after the white lurcher but she was “glad” she was back with her family as the animal was too old to travel back to the US with her.
The dog was found in a tent during a clean-up after thousands of festival-goers left the site and taken in by the nearby Happy Landings animal shelter, with 68-year-old Parton later offering to give her a home.
However the Jolene singer said the shelter had called to say the owners had come forward.
“Everybody feels good about it. I did not get to take her home – I was looking forward to it. I was gonna rename her Glassy because of Glastonbury, I was going to say ’Glassy Come Home’,” she joked.
“But [the owners] wanted her and they feel good about that and I have been very instrumental in making sure that the dog has been well taken care of all the way through. She’s 15 years old, they thought at one point she was seven, but she’s 15, and so everybody’s happy to be back. I feel kind of sad because I was looking forward to taking her home, but I’m glad she’s back where she belongs.
She continued: “My heart went out to this particular dog, I just thought it was meant to be somehow, it was just so touching to me that she got lost there at the festival where we were..
“I’m very happy she’s back where she’ll be comfortable and safe. They told me also at the end that she would have been too old to have travelled, I would not have been able to take her had they not found the owner because she was not in great health.”
Parton – who is promoting a new “best of” album Blue Smoke – also rubbished suggestions that she had mimed during her performance on the Pyramid stage a little over a fortnight ago.
“Every time I go on tour I hear that. I want people to just come and watch, see what I do and then you tell me what you think. I’m right there, I’m Dolly and I’m singing, and somebody’s always going to have something negative to say and so I just roll with the punches.”