Patti Page Helps the Doggies
The legendary Patti Page, who made “The Tennessee Waltz” a country classic, has rerecorded one of her biggest hits, “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window,” in support of The Humane Society.
The new lyrics feature the line, “Look at that doggie in the shelter, the one with the take-me-home eyes.” Patti, who celebrates her 81st birthday, Nov. 8, has joined with The Humane Society of the United States in their efforts to deal with the problems of homeless animals, the needs of shelters across the country and the campaign to stop the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. Her recording of ‘(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window’ was a big hit in the early 1950s. Patti decided it was time to update the lyrics. “When I recorded that song more than 50 years ago, ‘Doggie in the Window’ seemed like a sweet and harmless message, and everyone still thought the corner pet store was just a place to see adorable puppies. Now, the puppies in pet stores may still be adorable, but most of them come from puppy mills. So I’ve changed my tune. I want this song with new lyrics, ‘Doggie in the Shelter,’ to become an anthem for homeless pets and animal shelters.”