WATCH: Dolly Parton Gives Look at ‘Doggy Training’ in Sweet New Video With Her Pup

by Jennifer Shea

Dolly Parton’s dog Billy the Kid is getting lots of treats with his training.

In a sweet new Instagram video, the country superstar is offering fans a glimpse of herself training her pup. What’s more, Billy the Kid even has his own Instagram page, where Parton has stockpiled photos of her canine companion out and about. It also features videos and fan art.

Dolly Parton Loves Her Dog

Whether or not Billy is taking it easy, he’s getting plenty of love from Parton. The country singer clearly dotes on her pup, a Frenchie, or French Bulldog.

According to the American Kennel Club, Frenchies have even-keeled dispositions and are adaptable to new situations. They are playful and alert. And the AKC ranks them fourth in popularity among dog breeds.

Billy’s favorite treats are pork slices or pork bones. He loves rolling around in the sun. He also barks along to some of Parton’s songs, including “Puppy Love,” which was Parton’s first single, released when she was just a youngster. And while Parton and her husband Dean have been sheltering in place during the pandemic, Billy has taken to sitting by the fire in their fireplace.

Parton Celebrates Tennessee Reopening

Meanwhile, this morning, Dolly Parton made an appearance at her 150-acre Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, to celebrate the reopening of businesses across Tennessee and to kick off the park’s annual flower and food festival. She was joined by “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts.

Parton said the park has come a long way since the pandemic hit last year. Like other public attractions, the park had to endure its share of COVID-19 restrictions.

“I think it’s amazing how our crew has done all the things that they’ve done,” Parton said. “Last year, of course, like everybody else, we were open on a limited basis but everybody was so great to practice the safety rules. The people here are like family so any time you have a process of any kind you just kind of pull together and get it done. People always brag about the staff here at Dollywood.”

As of this year, the park will have been open 36 seasons. Moreover, Parton considers everybody who works there an equal partner, she said.

The park is now dedicating a statue made of flowers to Parton’s mother. It’s called the “Coat of Many Colors” statue, a nod to a song about her mother, which Parton then performed onstage.

Parton’s Wednesday morning appearance was her first visit to the park since the pandemic struck last March. She said she had tried to hold a press conference there around that time, but they told her everything had to shut down. “We’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for,” Parton said this morning.