Tracie of All Trades: Radio, Film & Print — Interview with Tracie Hotchner

I was really excited that I had the true good fortune that the NY Dog Film Festival attracted a media partner in GoodNewsForPets.com that holds such an important role in the universe of pet businesses. The dynamic website is the creation of one of the really great women in the pet industry — Lea-Ann Germinder […]

Do You Love Your Dog? Want the Longest Healthiest Life for Her? READ THIS!

Do You Love Your Dog? Want the Longest Healthiest Life for Her? READ THIS! I beg you to (finally!) follow my preaching — and my “practice” for myself and my dogs — and get Omega-3 oils into your dog’s diet! If you’ve been listening to me for years on the radio — reading my blogs […]

Cold Weather Dangers – How Cold Is Too Cold?

 Cold Weather Dangers – How Cold Is Too Cold? In some parts of the U.S., “spring has sprung” but in the Northeast, like Vermont where I live with two thin-coated Weimaraners, we have another two months of winter to bear, including a current windy cold snap in the single digits. Therefore, vigilance about keeping your […]

Cold Dog Paws in Frosty Weather

Cold Dog Paws in Frosty Weather Protect your dog’s feet in the winter Since dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice when they abruptly leave a warm indoor environment and go into very cold temperatures. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a dog will […]

Playing Outside the Box

Do you keep trying to find the perfect toy for your dogs to play with and they either ignore what you’ve purchased, or they immediately tear it to shreds? Here’s an alternative way to let your dogs have fun without costing you a penny—and maybe even helping you recycle in the process! You know how […]

Praise Not Punish: The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training

PRAISE NOT PUNISH The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training Accentuate the Positive Training a dog is pretty simple, once you grasp the basic concepts and are consistent in applying them. What scientists, trainers and teachers have discovered is that all creatures — including humans, dolphins or dogs — learn from positive reinforcement, not from […]

Saving Kitty Sparkles

Saving Kitty Sparkles Bridget, a listener from Florida, is losing sleep over a neighborhood vagabond named Sparkles, a small Rag Doll mix who began visiting her porch soon after she moved to the area. As a fan of Cat Chat, Bridget kindly sent me an email, thanking me for the show and asking my advice […]

Like Presidents, Dogs May Go Gray When Stressed

Like Presidents, Dogs May Go Gray When Stressed A new study, co-authored by author and scientist Temple Grandin and published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science explores whether anxiety and impulsiveness may contribute to premature graying in dogs. The research focused on a sample of 400 dogs, age 1 to 4 years old, found […]

Cats In Quarantine

CATS IN QUARANTINE Scary avian flu infects shelter cats in NYC After a mysterious outbreak of bird flu swept through New York City shelters earlier this month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) opened an emergency quarantine center to house the entire cat population in the city’s shelter system, according […]

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy Dog toys can cost big bucks, reason enough to make your own. In my house, the favorite toy for chasing, tugging, gnawing—and even to cart around as a security blanket—is the Towel Burrito. These are my own invention, and I got the idea when I was reading […]