October 30, 2009
Old Song Carries New Tune
Patti Page sings new "Doggie in the Shelter" song for HSUS
Editor’s note, Jan. 3, 2013: Patti Page died on Jan. 1, 2013. We remember her fondly for her compassion for animals.
In 1952, Patti Page recorded an innocent and simple tune about a "doggie" in a pet shop window. Page says, "At the time, 'Doggie in the Window' seemed like a sweet and harmless message," but times have changed.
Now, the doggies in pet store windows mostly come from puppy mills, causing Page to change her tune. She has recorded a new version of "Doggie" with the same familiar melody, but with new lyrics (below).
The HSUS has been given exclusive rights to use the new song on our website.
To download the audio file, right-click the link above and select "Save Link As..."
Note: The recording of "Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter" is the property of The Humane Society of the United States and may not be used for commercial purposes.
Live performance, with dogs
The first live performance of the song played to an audience who could really appreciate its new direction, when a number of rescued and adopted dogs came to the recording session to meet Page and the media.
On hand were three charming Bassett hounds courtesy of a Basset rescue group: Curley, Luc, and Rosie; the adopted dogs of HSUS staffers; and Oliver Antonio, a stylish rescued Italian Greyhound.
Sandy Brokaw, Page's publicist, who came up with the idea for the revised song lyrics, said the dogs in attendance made a telling point. "If you really want to live with a purebred dog, you don't have to go to a pet store."
All of these great dogs came through a shelter or rescue group. Brokaw himself has three adopted dogs.
'Too high a price'
Page says she hopes that when people now hear the old familiar "Doggie" melody, they'll think about homeless animals and animal shelters instead of pet stores and puppy mills.
"The original song asks the question: 'How much is that doggie in the window?' Today, the answer is 'too much.' And I don't just mean the price tag on the puppies in pet stores. The real cost is in the suffering of the mother dogs back at the puppy mill. That's where most pet store puppies come from. And that kind of cruelty is too high a price to pay," Page said.
The Grammy Award winner celebrated 65 years in show business with the release of her CD, "Best Country Songs," and her official memoir, "This Is My Song." Page has sold more than 100 million records and has 111 Billboard chart hits, 15 gold records, and four gold albums. You can find out more about her at the Patti Page website.
"Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter"
Do you see that doggie in the shelter
the one with the take me home eyes
If you give him your love and attention
he will be your best friend for life
In each town and city across the nation,
there's so many dogs with no home
Hungry with no one to protect them
lost in this world all alone
Collies and beagles by the roadside
puppies and dogs in the street
Once they are rescued by a shelter
they'll finally get something to eat
Doggies and kitties who are homeless
with sad eyes and tails hanging down
Let's do what we can to show them kindness
and let them know that they've been found
The rights to the newly recorded "Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter" have been donated to The Humane Society of the United States* because of the generosity of everyone involved in the project. We owe a big thank you to Patti Page for the talent that made the first version a classic and will make the new version an anthem for shelter pets; Sandy Brokaw of The Brokaw Company for the flash of creative genius that led to the project; songwriter Chris Gantry for the new lyrics; Curb Records, for making the original sound track available for the new version; publisher John Massa Golden Bell songs, owner of the original music rights; Don Peake Studios which donated the use of their facility for the session; and Michael Glynn, Page's manager who helped coordinate the project. And, of course, we must give a nod to Bob Merrill, the original songwriter of "Doggie in the Window."
*For permission to use "Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter" for commercial or non-commercial purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.