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What’s your pup’s soundtrack?

Once your ears are tuned to one dog song (i.e., “Half-Breed Stan”), others just roll on in. Last night, during an NPR interview about his new album of banjo songs, The Crow: New Songs for 5-String Banjo, Steve Martin revealed that the inspiration for his original song, “Wally on the Run,” was his dog. Sounding a little like Bonnie and Clyde's anthem, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Martin’s riff once provided the soundtrack for his Labrador Retriever’s puppy-time habit of gunning down a hallway and bounding over some stairs. It’s easy to imagine.

I've been thinking that dogs should have their own theme songs, like when baseball players come to the plate and a signature song sets up the at-bat. That’s how they do it here for the Seattle Mariners, and I’m guessing this is standard operating procedure in the majors.

For my dog Renzo, I pick “If you want to sing out, sing out” by Cat Stevens because, like him, the song is optimistic and light-hearted. (And I think Renzo would appreciate the irony of selecting a singer-songwriter named Cat.) At 11-years-young and in peak shape, Lulu, deserves something a little more sassy (I can imagine her nap-dreaming about breakdancing), so something like, “Show me tha Money” by Petey Pablo. So what song is the perfect backup for your furry superstar?

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Michelle Goodman | February 8 2009 |

Buddy and I are fans of the Allmans, especially Blue Sky and Jessica. Really gets him jumping around the house and warmed up for a long walk.

Submitted by Haley | February 9 2009 |

My Charlotte's theme tunes are "Catahoula" (befitting!) by the Bellamy Brothers, and "Swingin'" by John Anderson. The lyrics go: "...her name is Charlotte Johnson and she's lookin' pretty good... just a' swingin'..." Makes me giggle, which makes Char wiggle!

Wilbur, my big mutt, doesn't have a song yet, but I'm definitely thinking on it.....

Fun article! Can't wait to see what other people come up with!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 11 2009 |

The cats like the idea of going cross-species for theme songs, but only for other species who want cat-related music. They want to share "Tiger Rag," played by Willie "The Lion" Smith. They think Celine Dion's first name is a typo (read: Feline), but they refuse to consider any of her songs (not that I blame them). They think "What's New Pussycat" is too obvious.

By the way, KPLU occasionally plays "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" by Lea DeLaria; a squeaky dog toy can be heard in key places, and they say it really gets some dogs' attention.

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