Joys of Summer: Rolling in Deer Poop

The Joys of Summer: Rolling in Deer Poop Halo Cloud Nine Herbal shampoo to the rescue! Every season brings its own rewards. And those pleasures vary greatly for different species. We might like to read a book in a shady hammock with a glass of iced tea. For my dogs, the most marvelous part of […]

Two Fun Books to Enjoy and Share

Two Fun Books to Enjoy and Share This week I wanted to bring two very different books into the limelight — because they show the broad range of the ways in which dogs inspire and delight us, in real life and on the page. Boze Hadleigh’s delightful book “Life’s a Pooch: Quotes About Dogs By […]

Welcoming NATURVET to My World—and Yours!

Welcoming NATURVET to My World—and Yours! Those of you who’ve read my books — THE DOG BIBLE and THE CAT BIBLE — and listened to any of my pet talk radio shows over the years — from my NPR radio show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) to Holistic Vets, The Expert Vet, GOOD DOGS! and […]

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 […]

False Confidence about Microchipping a Pet – Some Scary Truths

In an article published January 1 in The New York Times, the columnist pointed out that by law city shelters and pet stores are required to microchip animals before selling them or releasing them for adoption. The author mentioned that the chip should be registered, but the “rest of that story” is where the slippery […]

Stella’s Bed of Roses

Stella’s Bed of Roses [Guest Post by Kristy Davis (Tracie’s executive assistant, who also happens to have an MFA from Bennington College (and an MA from Columbia School of Journalism, too!) in case you’re wondering why this is so uber-charming)] Dog beds are a hot commodity in our house. With two dogs—Stella, our seven-year-old retriever-German […]

Stray Gardens

STRAY GARDENS Photographer Julie McGuire on Dog Talk When British-born photographer Julie McGuire moved to India 11 years ago, she was shocked to find some 250,000 stray dogs living on the streets of Bangalore. The melee of homeless hounds inspired her to focus on a long-term project documenting the roles of dogs in societies around […]

Buy a Dog Treat, Help a Teen Save his Own Life

Buy a Dog Treat, Help a Teen Save his Own Life Tune in to this week’s DOG TALK and listen to my conversation with Kathy Hooks, the Employment Director of Daybreak — a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, outreach programs, and transitional housing to youth who are experiencing homelessness in Dayton, Ohio.  Daybreak’s own […]

Give Yourself the Gift of a Portrait of All the Dogs from Your Life

Give Yourself the Gift of a Portrait of All the Dogs from Your Life More than a decade ago, when I was still living year-round in East Hampton, I discovered a dog portraitist of uncanny skill. Her name was Carol Saxe and working only from photographs, she was able to capture the distinctive essence of […]

Pearl ♥ Petco

Pearl ♥ Petco {Guest Post by Kristy D} Two things happened: I met the loves of my life—Dan and his dogs—and I got a great job working for Tracie Hotchner, founder of the Dog Film Festival. When Dan and I first started dating, he adopted his third dog, an Australian-shepherd mix puppy named Pearl from […]