Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for over 8 years with 450 shows from the NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End across all of Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester, as well as on the local NPR station Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires. DOG TALK® features global authors and experts discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many of them with dog advice and health information, dog and puppy training tips, and help in understanding your cat.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Memoir of Lost Dog’s Extraordinary Journey

August 27, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-27-2016) #487: Pauls Toutonghi’s memoir, DOG GONE: A LOST PET’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY AND THE FAMILY WHO BROUGHT HIM HOME touches on the theme that we all may have unhealable wounds; Pat Shipman’s book THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION explores our ancient roots and history […]

Private Pilots Who Fly Pets to Waiting Homes

August 22, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (08-20-2016) #486: Cindy Smith is the co-founder Wings of Rescue and a pilot herself, who organizes a vast community of private pilots who use their own planes and resources to relocate pets from overcrowded areas to those where adoptive homes are waiting, and is a partner with the ASPCA; Kathy […]

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

August 14, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (08-13-2016) #485: Cassie Boness is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been doing research on the legal and ethical issues of whether psychologists should be certifying emotional support animals; Frans de Waal’s book ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW […]

From Veterinarian to Author to Shelter Director

August 9, 2016

DOG TALK (and Kitties Too!) (08-06-2016) #484: Gary Weitzman, CEO of the San Diego Humane Society (beneficiary of the Dog Film Festival when it comes to San Diego) and co-author of HOW TO SPEAK DOG, discusses his transition from being a veterinarian to becoming an author and a shelter director; Dr. Nicholas Dodman discusses his […]

Safe Running With Your Dog

July 30, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (07-30-2016) #483: Dr. Jeff Gerlesits is a vet in Arvada Coloardo who runs with his dog Dawson and has great advice for those who want to do so based on their own dog’s age, breed, and fitness — including not to run before a dog is at least 1 year […]

Value of Hip Replacement Surgery

July 25, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (07-23-2016)#482: Dr. Rob Hart, an orthopedic surgeon from NYC’s Animal Medical Center, explains the value of hip replacement surgery in dogs and the swift permanent relief it affords them; Christine Benninger, president & CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, talks about Joan Rivers’ devotion to their organization and how […]

Bottle Feeding “Internet Sensation” Penelope the Goat

July 16, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (07-16-2016) #481: Bronwen Dickey discusses the story of the pit bull type dog in America’s history in her all-inclusive book, PIT BULL: THE BATTLE OVER AN AMERICAN ICON; Joanna Dichton is the farm manager of Lollypop Farm in Rochester (which is the shelter partner of the Dog Film Festival, premiering […]

Competing as Adaptive Surfer, Helped by Service Dog

July 11, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-09-2016) #480: William Sacrey describes the League of Humane Voters and how influencing politicians can make the world a better place; Patrick Ivison is the star of the “SURFice dog” movie in the Dog Film Festival and explains how a childhood spinal cord injury led him to competing as an […]

Animal Companionship in Retirement Communities

July 2, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (07-02-2016) #479: Jonathan Balcombe calls creatures of the sea “fishes” explained with startling revelations in his book WHAT FISH KNOW: THE INNER LIVES OF OUR UNDERWATER COUSINS; Dr. Rebecca Johnson is Director of the Research Center for Human and Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri and has created a […]

World Animal News

June 25, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (06-25-2016) #478: Actress/model/animal welfare activist (and winner of a 2016 Pet Hero Award from the Pet Philanthropy Circle) Katie Cleary created World Animal News to promote animal welfare issues and actions across the globe; Rhonda Lieberman created the Cats in Residence show at the Worcester Art Museum (MA) highlighting adoptable […]