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Old Song Carries New Tune

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—literally. She has recorded a new version of "Doggie" with the same familiar melody, but with totally new lyrics:

"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

repeat chorus

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

repeat chorus

Listen to the new "Doggie" song»

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.




  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

  4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

  5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. 

  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 

  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you. 

  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

  9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. 

  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. 
    Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. 

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. 
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.




I will lend to you for awhile a pup, God said, 
For you to love while he lives and mourn for him when he's dead. 
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe for two or three 
But will you, till I call him back take care of him for me? 

He'll bring his charms to gladden you and (should his stay be brief) 
You'll always have his memories as solace for your grief. 
I cannot promise that he will stay, since all from earth return, 
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn. 

I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true 
And from the folk that crowd life's land I have chosen you. 
Now will you give all your love nor think the labour vain 
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again. 

I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done," 
For all the joys this pup will bring, the risk of grief you'll run. 
Will you shelter him with tenderness, will you love him while you may 
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay. 

But should I call him back much sooner than you've planned 
Please brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand. 
If, by your love, you've managed my wishes to achieve, 
In memory of him you've loved, to help you while you grieve. 

-Author Unknown