Dog Talk ®

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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De-Stress with Cats at Meow Parlour

April 18, 2015

Dog Talk (04-18-2015) #417: The New York City Meow Parlour (and Macaron parlour) created by Christina Ha, who describes how people make reservations to de-stress around the cats and possibly to adopt; the cats at Meow Parlour live there until adopted and come from the all-volunteer group Kitty Kind, which Miriam Hibel explains is helped […]

How Supplements Are Developed

April 13, 2015

Dog Talk (04-11-2015) #416: Dr. Jamie Nickerson (with a doctorate in molecular biology and a post-doctoral degree in human health & nutritional sciences) explains how a lab scientist helps develop supplements, running clinical and in-vitro trials for Vivamune to discover how their active ingredient OxyC Beta works; Emily Yoffe has a cautionary tale about getting […]

Dog Agility in North America

April 7, 2015

Dog Talk (04-04-2015) #415: Annie DeChance talks about the United States Dog Agility Association being the pioneer of the fascinating sport of dog agility in North America and welcoming mixed-breed dogs right along with purebred ones; Meg Donohue’s book DOG CRAZY is about a pet bereavement counselor whose own traumas have left her afraid to […]

Track Cat Weight Loss; Afterlife Care

March 30, 2015

Dog Talk (03-28-2015) #414: Fat Cat developer David Ladowitz is an engineer whose kitty needed to lose weight so he created a tool to help others track their cats’ weight loss with an online tracker and graph at http://www.littlecatlabs.co/; Nancy Taylor, the Director of Bideawee, talks about the evolution of the death and burial ritual […]

Challenges of Making Raw Pet Food

March 23, 2015

Dog Talk (03-21-2015) #413: Jocelyn Rosenthal created Boo Boo’s Best and discusses the joys and challenges of making raw pet food; Dona Cosgrove-Baker, President of the Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition since 1988, discusses the plight of feral cats and kittens and negotiating with landowners to Trap-Neuter-Return an existing colony and  manage it; Tracie answers some […]

Differences in Deaths: Mother vs. Cat

March 15, 2015

Dog Talk (03-14-2015) #412: Margo Rabb wrote about the differences between her mother’s death and her cat Sophie’s, which she wrote about in a recent New York Times op-ed piece: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/margo-rabb/?_r=0  Rabbi Douglas Krantz, founding rabbi of the Congregation Bnai Yisrael in Armonk, talks about his journey from supporting locally grown produce through a CSA, to […]

Should dogs be considered property?

March 9, 2015

Dog Talk (03-07-2015) #411: Law professor Yolanda Eisenstein talks about her book The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Dog Owners which questions whether should dogs be property, as they have been considered legally? Are there reasons against changing that legal description of pets, as Rhode Island has done?; Tonya Wilheim is co-author of What’s […]

Dog Talk #410 (02-28-2015): Underwater therapy; pet hospice; behavior evaluations

March 3, 2015

Dog Talk (02-28-2015) #410: Becky talks about her champion dock diving boxer-mix Mercedes, and how underwater therapy and a healing supplement like Activphy can get a performance dog back on track after an injury; Monica Turenne is specialized in pet hospice, certified in thanatology (the many aspects of dying and death for people as well […]

Dog Talk #409 (02-21-2015): Switzerland petition against dog/cat meat consumption

February 23, 2015

Dog Talk (02-21-2015) #409: Tomi Tomek calls from Switzerland where she is fighting against the legal consumption of dogs and cats, especially in the German Swiss mountain areas. Her group SOS CHATS is trying to stop the dog and cat meat trade in Switzerland and asks Americans to sign their petition; Laurence Alexander is a […]

Dog Talk #408 (02-14-2015): Lost Cat Finder; Love Me, Feed Me; dog park attack

February 15, 2015

Dog Talk (02-14-2015) #408 Kim Freeman is “the Lost Cat Finder” and talks about how cats who get out go into “silent hiding mode” and could be hiding in the house or 100 strides in any direction from point of escape, and that Trucatch traps are best for trapping lost cats; Judith Jones, a renowned […]