A novelty number from an innocent era, the sweet strains of “(How Much is) That Doggie in the Window?” may strike a sour note with present day dog devotees who understand that many pet stores perpetuate the cycle of puppy mill misery, but the star whose golden pipes made the single a sensation in the 1950s has since turned the tune into a golden opportunity to spread the word about shelter pet adoption.
The hit touched the hearts of both women who made the song a classic, with British star Liza Roza, who climbed to the top of the UK charts with her rendition of the doggie ditty in the early 50s, leaving a loving legacy of £190,000 to Battersea Dogs and Cats Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Cinnamon Trust (a charity which helps the terminally ill and their pets) upon her passing in 2008, while American music icon Patti Page has recorded a revised version of the song with a vision of helping homeless pets– “Do You See that Doggie in the Shelter?”
Continuing to crusade for shelter adoption, Patti Page will appear in a segment of the upcoming HBO2 documentary Madonna of the Mills, a chronicle of one woman’s mission to rescue abused and neglected puppy mill dogs. The special highlights the work of Laura Flynn Amato, an animal rights advocate from Staten Island, NY who– since learning about puppy mills five years ago– has saved the lives of thousands of dogs.
The moving special will also include a look at a few of the dogs who received a second lease on life thanks to Laura and interviews with veterinarians and other animal activists from such organizations as Main Line Animal Rescue, the ASPCA and officials from the U.S. Humane Society.
Madonna of the Mills will premiere on HBO2 on August 24, 2011 at 8 PM.
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See a few of Madonna of the Mills’ heart-tugging highlights in the following clip:
Patti Page, who recorded “Do you See that Doggie in the Shelter?” in 2008, discusses puppy mills in the following clip from The Humane Society of the United States, which offers a free download of the tune:Photo Credit: Amazon