Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WPPB-Peconic Public Broadcasting, 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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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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America’s VetDogs: Training Dogs for Specific Veteran Needs

August 9, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-09-2020) #687: Featuring Maria Nuzzi, and Dr RuthAnn Lobos. Maria Nuzzi is a dog trainer at America’s VetDogs which is part of Guide Dogs, and talks about their mission of breeding, raising and training of dogs for a specific veteran’s needs, at no cost to them (in answer to Tracie’s […]

Cats as Emotional Ballast for People

August 2, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-02-2020) #686: A show totally devoted to cats with Anne Beall, Tori Peterson, and Heather Gibson. Anne Beall, author of HEROIC, HELPFUL, CARING CATS, talks about the many ways cats can be emotional ballast for people; Tori Peterson runs Space Cat Academy where she teaches cats many of the things […]

Senior Chihuahuas Adopted from Muttville in San Francisco

July 26, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-19-2020) #685: Featuring Adam Parascandola, Chris Johnson, and Mikael Lindnord. Adam Parascandola is Senior Director of the Animal Rescue Team at the Humane Society of the US and Senior Director of Animal Protection & Crisis Response for Humane Society International, but today talks about the senior chihuahuas he’s adopted from […]

How Chiropractic Treatments Work for Dogs

July 19, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-19-2020) #684: Featuring Michele Broadhurst, Susan Russell, and Melain Rodriguez. Dr. Michele Broadhurst is a human and animal chiropractor with certification in canine rehabilitation who explains how chiropractic treatments work for dogs; Susan Russell talks about community cats and TNR (trap-neuter-release) seen from the cat’s perspective in her children’s book […]

New Mystery Novel The Finders features a Cadaver Detection Dog

July 12, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-12-2020) #683: Featuring Jeffrey Burton, John Goodwin, and Kate Naito. Jeffrey Burton talks about his new mystery novel THE FINDERS, featuring a Golden Retriever cadaver detection dog; John Goodwin, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills Campaign discusses their most recent evaluation of the […]

The Emotional Life of Pets and Their People

July 5, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-05-2020) #682: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson speaks from Bondi Beach, New Zealand about his newest book that explores the emotional life of pets and their people in LOST COMPANIONS: REFLECTIONS ON THE DEATH OF PETS, engaging in lively conversational debates with Tracie about his controversial ideas that the death of a […]

What Do Dogs Know & Feel About Death & Dying?

June 28, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-28-2020) #681 Featuring Marc Bekoff, Sherri Franklin, and Nathaniel Fields. Marc Bekoff discusses his recent Psychology Today article “What Do Dogs Know and Feel About Death and Dying?” and Tracie recounts her personal experiences; Sherri Franklin, the Founder of Muttville senior dog rescue in San Francisco, talks about adjustments to […]

The Fragility of Kittens, Challenges of Managing Their Health

June 21, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-20-2020) #680: Featuring Dr Elsey, Dr Ruthann Lobos, and Dr Philip Bergman. Dr. Bruce Elsey discusses why his private company, Precious Cat, has underwritten the National Kitten Coalition’s webinars for kitten caregivers and explains the fragility of little kittens are and the challenges of managing their health. Wednesday, July 8th […]

Poet, Essayist & Memoirist Mark Doty Discusses Dog Years

June 13, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-13-2020) #679: Featuring Mark Doty, Dog-Loving Man of Letters. The whole show is devoted to the extraordinary poet, essayist, and memoirist Mark Doty, who discusses dogs in his life and reads passages from his exquisite book DOG YEARS. This book is what “social science” about dogs would look like if […]

Mark Semos (Seal Team, CBS) Discusses No Ordinary Dog

June 6, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-06-2020) #678: Featuring Mark Semos, Michael Levitt, and Jennifer Conrad. Mark Semos (a former US Navy SEAL and GWOT veteran, who writes and produces the television show “SEAL Team” on CBS) talks about the powerful new book NO ORDINARY DOG which chronicles the feats of Cairo, the Military Working Dog, […]