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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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 […]

Rita Mae Brown, James Rollins & Neil Abramson

June 18, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (06-18-2016) #477: Rita Mae Brown talks about her most recent animal-rich mystery novel, TALL TAIL; James Rollins is back with another fast-paced thriller featuring the marvelous war dog Kane in WAR HAWK; and Neil Abramson discusses the frighteningly possible scenario of a cross-species epidemic in New York City affecting dogs […]

Pet Custody Cases

June 13, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (06-11-2016) #476: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas talks about her book DREAMING WITH LIONS, about her African childhood; lawyer Jeremy Cohen created Boston Dog Lawyers to help people with pet custody cases, disputing ownership of a shared dog; Donald Schultz is a specialist in handling exotic animals, especially venomous snakes, and discusses […]

Wayne Pacelle’s The Humane Economy

June 7, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (06-04-2016) #475: Wayne Pacelle talks about how we are all positively affecting change for animals and the planet as explained in his new book THE HUMANE ECONOMY: ANIMAL PROTECTION 2.0 – HOW INNOVATORS AND ENLIGHTENED CONSUMERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS; Amelia Smith is still in prep school but […]

Kids Against Cruelty

May 30, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-28-2016) #474: Lou Wegner is a young actor and founder of Kids Against Cruelty which has chapters across the country to teach kindness to the younger generation — and will continue that mission as Youth Ambassador for the Dog Film Festival; Alex Kleinkopf talks about her book THE RESCUE DOG […]

Outward Hound’s Dog Toys, Canine Backpacks & More

May 23, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (05-21-2016) #473: Michael Parness of Outward Hound, purveyors of toys, canine backpacks and more, talks about how their motto “Raise the Woof” is why they are sponsoring the Dog Film Festival; East Hampton realtor Diane Saatchi (with her own team at Saunders Realty) joined the Festival as a sponsor and […]