The time has come to declare a winner in the Inaugural ULTIMATE DOG vs CAT BATTLE OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT. The Championship Round took place on September 1st. The playoff winners and Championship Contenders were:

In this corner at Angels Bark, representing the DOGS, it was Led Zeppelin’s “BLACK DOG”

In the other corner at Jingle Jangle Jungle, representing the CATS, it was Harry Chapin’s “CATS IN THE CRADLE”

The votes have all been cast. They’ve been counted. And recounted. And although it was a nail-biter tournament, right down to the last trickle of votes coming in, there is indeed a winner.

But before we announce the Grand Champion, let me first give major props to my good friend Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle, my co-creator in this historical Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. Mary has been a fun and fabulous partner in this tournament event. Not only that but she also created all the tournament graphics and status charts. So to my friend Mary: THANKS SO MUCH for making this such a fun and exciting endeavor. You Rock Sister! 

We had a blast doing this and for all those who might be wondering: WE WILL BE DOING IT AGAIN! This 2018 Tournament is our inaugural installment so look for more down the road. DOWWWWWN the road…Like next year sometime…

Okay, y’all ready for the results? I’ll start off by saying: BOTH songs were winners, in my book anyway. Both songs are incredible in their own right. They are both monumental hits, in the charts and in the hearts of fans worldwide. These two songs are also winners in this tournament, both figuratively and LITERALLY (which I’ll explain in a minute).

OVERALL THOUGH, the GRAND WINNER of the Ultimate Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is…

CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin! 

          Congratulations to the Cats!



Now for all those Led Zeppelin and Dog folks who may be disappointed, don’t be! Because BLACK DOG was in fact a winner HERE at Angels Bark!

Remember we had two blogs featuring this battle. Here at Angels Bark, Led Zeppelin’s BLACK DOG came rocking in with the win title and a vote tally of 11 to 6 (11 voted for Black Dog, 6 voted for Cats in the Cradle). That’s a pretty impressive win, yeah? It is.

So how then did Harry Chapin & Cats in the Cradle win the Tournament? Because Mary is a much better bigger blogger than I am (Say that three times…). Mary’s battle saw a total of 26 votes come in (nearly ten more than here at this blog) with a majority 19 votes cast for Cats in the Cradle (19 for Harry Chapin, 7 for Led Zeppelin; whereas Angels Bark’s 17 voters cast 11 for Zeppelin, 6 for Chapin).

When all the votes were combined and totaled, AND THE DUPLICATES REMOVED (we have friends in common and although our friends voted at both of our battles, in fairness they were each allotted only one vote in the tally), the FINAL FINAL PURE TOTAL TALLY WAS:

Cats in the Cradle  –  21 votes

Black Dog  –  16 votes

Indeed, a very close battle, well fought by two superstars.

In the end, I’m okay with this result. Harry Chapin’s poignant lyrics delivered a real punch to the gut and a jolt to the consciousness to many who heard –and felt– its very powerful message. The title of Grand Champion in the Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is a well-deserved recognition for Cats in the Cradle.

Take a Victory Lap, Harry. Here’s a nice live performance with some touching comments from his wife and son:

So now what? I’m sure, for a little while anyway, we’ll be bombarded with cat arrogance and they’ll taunt the dogs with their uppity tail swishing….But you know how dogs are just so goofy and loving. In the end I think we’ll end up with a “C’mon, can’t we all just get along” camaraderie and live happily ever after…UNTIL THE NEXT DOG v CAT BATTLE TOURNAMENT~! Get ready kitty-kitties. We comin’ for ya next time ’round… mmm-hmm…you betcha…

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who played along these last several weeks! We really appreciated all the support and love!~

And now, I’ll just leave you with three fun and cool versions of Black Dog that I discovered over the course of this tournament:

A Japanese cover of Black Dog:

Maybe one of Zeppelin’s youngest fans: 10 year old Krizten Centino from Bradford (UK) covers ‘Black Dog’:

And finally, a lovely version of Black Dog with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss:





  1. I’m not sure what this outcome means on the whole, but for me as I grow older I kind of prefer the mellower stuff. And actually age probably has little to do with my preference now because if you’d asked me back in the seventies I’d still have preferred Chapin.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Knowing you as I have over these past few years, I believe that. What does it mean on the whole? I don’t think it means anything but a bunch of fun in the end. We had a good time with the tournament idea and execution; we hope our readers enjoyed it as well.
      Thanks for your participation Lee.


  2. Hi, Michele!

    As I grow older I get younger and prefer my music harder and heavier. I am sorry to learn that the cats defeated the dogs in your epic battle. Over on Mary’s blog I noticed a vote for “Cats in the Cradle” from “V. Putin.” I smell a rat! 🙂 I enjoyed these three bonus versions of “Black Dog.”

    Thanks for reporting the outcome, Michele. The dogs are licking their wounds, but will live to battle another day. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend!

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  3. Well, shoot! Just as I suspected – I forgot to comment here when you posted. Taking care of that now!

    This tournament was a lot of fun. I think now that we’ve made it through the inaugural tourney, our next one will be that much better! I should start making a list of potential songs to use, eh?

    While it’s true that I represented the cats in this battle, my heart belongs to Black Dog. As close as the battle was, I feel it was still a winner (that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!)

    Hope you have a much better week than the last! Call if you want to just shoot the breeze or if a crazy idea pops into your head.



  4. Michele,

    Cats rule, dogs drool! lol Seriously, I love both cats and dogs. There’s no one pick here and I loved y’alls battle collaboration. It was a lot of fun! The three “Black Dog” covers are so different. I’m glad you’re not asking me to vote on one of these. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by on Saturday. I don’t know if you meant to not vote but you didn’t. I just wanted to throw that out there for you BUT you don’t have to. I know how busy one can be and sometimes you mean to do one thing and it’ll slip your mind just like that. This is coming from the voice of experience. Have a good week and let’s hope things get easier for the both of us. TTFN!


  5. MICHELE ~
    The tournament was a ton o’ fun!

    I was surprised that the final outcome was so close, because as I saw the votes coming in at Mary’s place, Chapin’s ‘Cats’ had such a commanding lead there was no way I foresaw this being ending with just a 5-vote differential. Apparently the 180-degree reverse of what was happening at ‘Jingle Jangle Jungle’ was happening here at ‘Angels Bark’.

    (As always, I had signed up for Email comment notifications, but as always, WordPress did NOT deliver on what I’d signed up for. Therefore, I was only seeing votes as they came in at Mary’s site and did not know what was occurring over here.)

    I like animals in general, but I especially love dogs. So it was a bit disconcerting to find myself rooting for the dogs but voting for Chapin’s ‘Cats…’

    I hope y’all do this again, either with dogs and cats or any other theme. It was a very clever approach to BOTB.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

    POSTSCRIPT: I just check-marked the box that says “Notify me of new comments via email”, even though I know it won’t.


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