One of my favorite childhood memories includes watching Doris Day films on Sunday afternoons with my father. He adored her, and I cherished this time spent with him, usually with our family dog, Doodle, cuddled up nearby. Dad would then walk around the house singing Que Sera Sera and Tea for Two, unaware that he was tone deaf and absent of any rhythm. It just made him so happy. There was a timeless sweetness to her voice and a timeless sweetness to this precious past time spent with my now deceased father.
I recall these moments as I prepare for a canine concert at the Cypress Inn in Carmel, California, co-owned by Doris Day and Dennis LeVett. While Doris Day was known as an angelic singer and actress in her prime, she has since become famous for her love of animals and supporting the welfare of animals.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) helps animals and the people who love them. The list of organizations that have received grants from DDAF is quite impressive. She has also been known to support seniors who adopt senior dogs. Now in her late 80′s, there seems to be no slowing her down. Doris has a new cause, inspired by a little white dog named Duffy. The Duffy Day Lifesaving Program raises funds for animals adopted from the SPCA for Monterey County that have special needs, including high veterinary costs due to an existing illness or surgery and also behavioral issues.