Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many with dog health information, dog and puppy training advice, and help in living harmoniously with your cat.

This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 13 years with more than 620 consecutive shows from its originating NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting – WPPB 88.3 FM – in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the local public radio stations:

WHDD Robinhood Radio 91.9 FM, Sharon, Connecticut
WCSQ-LP Radio Cobleskill 105.9 FM Cobleskill, New York

Global Community Radio
WRAQ 92.7 FM Angelica, New York
KIEZ 106.7 FM Monroe, Louisiana
KFZR 93.3 FM Frazier Park, California
KLQS 96.7 FM Agua Dulce, California
KAKU 88,5 FM Kahilui/Maui, Hawaii

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Pugs Win the Day Over German Shepherds

April 13, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-13-2019) #618: Featuring Kim Dower, Nathan Hall, and Susan Ward. Kim Dower reads from her new collection of poems, SUNBATHING ON TYRONE POWERS’ GRAVE, describing how dogs see something in nothing and lick our faces as if they were made of sugar; Nathan Hall, assistant professor at Texas Tech University’s […]

Do Dogs Know They are Dying?

April 8, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-06-2019) #617: Featuring Marc Bekoff, Dr. Lindsay Butzer, and Sarah Lillard. Marc Bekoff discusses his essay about dogs and death in “Do Dogs Know They are Dying – and What Do other Dogs Know?””; Dr. Lindsay Butzer practices in Boca Raton where half of her 20 appointments a day have […]

Positive Outcome for Beagles Used in Pesticide Tests

March 30, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-30-2019) #616: Featuring Kitty Block, and Dr. Fred Metzger. Kitty Block, director of the Humane Society of the U.S., discusses with Tracie how HSUS was able to influence a positive outcome in the urgent situation of the Beagles being used for pesticide tests and previously slated for euthanasia; Tracie answers […]

Using Therapy Dogs for Children with Autism

March 23, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-23-2019) #615: Featuring Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova, “Anonymous”, and Shelly Roche. Tracie talks to Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova at Texas Tech University who is researching the use of therapy dogs for children with Autism spectrum disorders, and the concept that being able to play with the therapy dog IS the reward; “Anonymous” […]

Undercover Investigation of Mistreatment of “Dow Beagles”

March 16, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-16-2019) #614: Featuring Kathleen Conlee, Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, and Mandy Evans. Kathleen Conlee, Vice-President of Animal Research Studies for the Humane Society of the United States, talks about their undercover investigation of the mistreatment of the “Dow Beagles,” showing the systemic cruelty and entirely unnecessary testing of dogs at one […]

Woman With Life Limiting Disease Married Her Dog

March 9, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-09-2019) #613: Featuring Lilly Smartelli, Paula Munier, and Nora Parker. Tracie talks to Lilly Smartelli, who was featured in the New York Times weddings section because she married her dog Bernie when she discovered she had a life-limiting disease and no other marriage prospects; Paula Munier reads from her book […]

Providing Vet Care for Homeless & Low Income Families

March 2, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-02-2019) #612 Featuring Marti Casey, Toni Eames, and Jennifer Wheeler. Marti Casey, the director of the Doney Coe Pet Clinic in Seattle, describes their long legacy of providing vet care for the homeless and low income families twice a month, along with a pet food bank; Toni Eames, President of […]

Challenges of Starting Fresh Pet Food Company Without Venture Capital

February 24, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-23-2019) #611: Featuring Dr. Katy Nelson, Hannah Mandelbaum, and Louise Holton. Dr. Katy Nelson talks about the success of the recent HSUS Spayathon in Puerto Rico; Tracie discusses the challenges of starting your own fresh pet food company (without venture capital) with Hannah Mandelbaum from Evermore pet food in Brooklyn; […]

Worldwide Jeopardy for Turtles & Tortoises

February 17, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-16-2019) #610: Featuring Peter Laufer, Pam Houston, and Sally Williams. Peter Laufer talks about the jeopardy to turtles and tortoises around the world in his book DREAMING IN TURTLE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PASSION, PROFIT, AND PERIL OF OUR MOST COVETED PREHISTORIC CREATURES; Tracie talks to Pam Houston about her […]

Cannabis, CBD oil and Dogs: The Real Scoop

February 10, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-09-2019) #609: Featuring Amanda Howland, Chris Blazina, and Wilma Melville. Amanda Howland, co-founder of Ellevet Sciences and Medterra, which makes CBD oil products for dogs, talks to Tracie about whether CBD oil really has all the health benefits ascribed to it — and the remarkable positive results of a double-blind […]