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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?

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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