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Patti Page changes her tune

Singer Patti Page has re-recorded her classic hit, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” in hopes that a more politically correct version — “Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter?” — will steer the public away from puppy mills dogs.

The 81-year-old Page, whose autobiography, “This is My Song,” comes out next month, originally recorded “How Much is That Doggie” in 1952.

The re-recorded tune, she says, is an effort to bring attention to the plight of shelter dogs awaiting adoption and the deplorable conditions in puppy mills that supply dogs to some pet stores.

The new lyrics were written by Page’s publicist, Sanford Brokaw, and Chris Gantry, composer of the 1968 Glen Campbell classic, “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.”

The first live performance of the song, during its recording, was played to an audience that included three rescued Bassett hounds and a rescued Italian Greyhound.

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.

Comments

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time January 3, 2009 at 8:37 pm

That is so great. I love the line about “The one with the take-me-home eyes.” By the time I arrived on the scene, “Doggie in the Window” was a kids’ classic. Patti Page has reached the stage in her life where she could certainly have just rested on her laurels–and collected her money. But she’s chosen to re-vamp one of her most popular songs to reflect modern realities and to do something for dog rescue. Good for her!

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