Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

This Gracie® Award winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for over 9 years with 500+ 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.

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Camp Feline Takes Cat Daycare/Boarding to New Level

September 18, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (09-16-2017) #542: Tania Eisenstein’s Camp Feline in NYC takes cat daycare and boarding to a whole new cat-centric level; Shirley Rousseau Murphy at 89 years young, discusses CAT SHINING BRIGHT, her newest Joe Grey mystery in this 20 book series about talking cats solving crimes; Margaret Mizushima is back with […]

Do Dogs Have Souls?

September 12, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too) (09-09-2017) #541: Kristen Rice, Executive Director of Adopt-a-Dog, worked her way up from being a shelter worker there and is proud to be part of the 30th anniversary of Puttin’ on the Dog in Greenwich, Connecticut on Sunday September 17th where Tracie will be joining them as a judge of […]

Providing Play Time for Shelter Dogs

September 2, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-02-2017) #540: Aimee Sadler founded Dogs Playing for Life, which visits shelters around the country to teach staff and volunteers how to get dogs out into play groups to improve their quality of life and make them more adoptable, too — their motto being “Every Dog Every Day” gets play […]

Getting “Down & Dirty” with Your Dog

August 27, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (08-26-2017) #539: Dr Michael Moyer talks about the “terrible paradox” that used to exist in training veterinary students to practice spay/neuter surgical techniques. To avoid taking dogs from shelters and practicing on them and then allowing them to die after surgery, “purpose bred” lab beagles were shipped in wholesale orders […]

About those “Pets Are the Best Medicine” Ads

August 19, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-19-2017) #538: Steve Feldman is the Executive Director of HABRI (the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute) and talks about the hilarious mock-ad videos they made with Zoetis called “Pets are the best medicine, which are now in the NY Dog Film Festival;” Dr. Paul Kline from CityVet in Texas (which is […]

How Diabetic-Alert Dogs Change Lives

August 12, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-12-2017) #537: Steve Lawrence talks about his “The Cat Rescuers” movie that is in production; Mary Emma Young from the Pet Food Institute talks about the process by which the FDA works with manufacturers and the PFI to avoid and deal with problems, specifically a recent recall of canned dog […]

Training, Guidelines Needed for Emotional Support Animals

August 5, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-05-2017) #536: Priscilla Clark from the Connecticut Humane Society talks about their challenges and triumphs; University of Missouri researcher Cassie Boness discusses the lack of training and requirements for emotional support animals — no obedience, no health requirements (vaccinations, etc) total lack of guidelines and much abuse by people claiming […]

Mushing with Six-Dog Team on Dry Land

July 29, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-29-2017) #535: Liz Stainitis talks about being a mushing enthusiast who started with one Siberian Husky and at one point had a six-dog team, competing in NJ and on dry land, too; Deborah Knaan is the Executive Director of BARC Education, the first-of-its-kind online animal cruelty prevention and education course […]

Ultra-Marathoner Runs Gobi Desert With Little Dog

July 23, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (07-22-2017) #534: World class ultra-marathoner Dion Leonard talks from Scotland about his book FINDING GOBI: THE AMAZING TRUE STORY about the amazing little dog who ran the marathon with him through the Gobi desert and now lives in Scotland; Virginia Donohue is the Executive director of San Francisco Animal Care […]

How Much Do Dogs Understand Us?

July 17, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-15-2017) #533: In what ways are dogs like people in a coma? How do we know what our dogs are experiencing and understanding from us? Renowned veterinary behavior specialist Dr. Karen Overall has a lively discussion with Tracie about whether or not she is crazy for talking to her dogs […]