Californian folk singer Norma Tanega’s very enjoyable novelty song (and only hit) ‘Walking My Cat Named Dog’ was at its peak UK chart position of #22. It also reached #22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
What was this song about? Norma's explanation was, 'I had always wanted a dog, but because of my living situation I could only have a cat; I named my cat dog and wrote a song about my dilemma.'
Although she never had any more chart success, Norma wrote the lyrics for several songs recorded by her lover Dusty Springfield during the late 1960s, They remained friends until Dusty's death in 1999.