Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.

The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM “Robinhood Radio” in Sharon, Connecticut.

The show’s theme song is “Mmm My Best Friend” by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE.

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Teresa Rhyne’s Profound Devotion to Dogs

October 18, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-18-2020) #697: Featuring Teresa Rhyne, Peter Abraham, and Christine Dorchak. Teresa Rhyne talks about her profound devotion to dogs, especially Beagles, and in particular, the runaway who inspired Poppy in the Wild: A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres of Wilderness, and the Dogged Determination That Brought Her Home; Peter Abraham, […]

The Birth of the Animal Rights Movement

October 11, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-11-2020) #696: Featuring Ernest Freeberg, JoAnn in Olympia, and Cara Sue Achterberg. Ernest Freeberg discusses his book, A TRAITOR TO HIS SPECIES: HENRY BERGH AND THE BIRTH OF THE ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, about the eccentric passionate man who started a moral revolution about humane treatment of all animals; JoAnn in […]

Margaret Mizushima’s New Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Hanging Falls

October 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-04-2020) #695: Featuring Margaret Mizushima, Pam Johnson-Bennett, and Mark Cushing. Margaret Mizushima talks about her sixth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, HANGING FALLS, and the dynamic heroine and her dog who are its heroes; Pam Johnson-Bennett talks about honoring each cat’s choices in her book CAT VS. CAT: KEEPING PEACE WHEN […]

The Dog Aging Project

September 27, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-27-2020) #694: Featuring Dr. Meghan Herron, Dr. Marta Castelhano, and Dr. Gary Weitzman. Dr. Meghan Herron is the co-editor of DECODING YOUR CAT: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, which is full of feline wisdom from all the board-certified veterinary […]

Spencer Quinn’s New Chet & Bernie Mystery, Of Mutts And Men

September 20, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-20-20) #693: Featuring Peter Abrahams, Justin Goodman, and Eric Shannon. Peter Abrahams, writing as Spencer Quinn, reads from his newest Chet & Bernie mystery, OF MUTTS AND MEN; Justin Goodman is the VP of Public Policy and Advocacy for the White Coat Waste project and talks about how his group […]

The shortage of Puppies & Dogs for People Who Want Them

September 13, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-13-2020) #692: Featuring Mark Cushing, Julia London, and Chris Langelotti. Mark Cushing talks about his new book PET NATION: THE LOVE AFFAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA, and a bird’s eye view of how pets are part of our lives, in particular, Cushing’s reckoning of the unacknowledged fact that there is actually […]

Advice for Slimming Down a Fat or Obese Dog

September 6, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-06-2020) #691: Featuring Dr. RuthAnn Lobos and Trevor Jones. A Fat Dog is a Diseased Dog! Dr. RuthAnn Lobos — a competitive athlete herself and lead veterinarian at Merrick Pet Care — discusses with Tracie the American Veterinary Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease. Tracie is worried about […]

Subaru Fills Phila Union Stadium with Life-Size Cut-Outs of Adoptable Dogs

August 30, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-30-2020) #690: Featuring Amy Strawbridge, Jeff Van Pevenage, and Barney Scout Mann. Amy Strawbridge is the Experiential Marketing Manager for Subaru (the car dog people love!) and talks about the creative way the company is “filling the stands” at the Philadelphia Union MLS home games for the 2020 season at […]

The Harder-to-Train Dogs Known as “Primitive” Breeds

August 23, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-23-2020) #689: Featuring Tori Peterson, Kathleen Conlee, and Lisa Wysocki. Tracie finds out from trainer Tori Peterson that there are harder-to-train dogs known as “primitive” breeds, ancient breeds that evolved as guardians or hunters known for “serious dispositions” [like Akitas, Shiba Inu and other spitz breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Great Pyrenees, […]

Diet Recommendation for Carb-Addicted Cat

August 16, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-16-2020) #688: Featuring Tracie & JoAnn, Brandon Werber, and Lisa Lunghofer. Tracie talks to JoAnn in Olympia WA, who has a carb-addicted, food-thieving cat, Levi — which Tracie explains is caused by feeding dry food, or “kitty crack,” recommending getting Levi on wet food only, preferably Weruva; Brandon Werber introduces […]