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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“Best Business Practices” Made KC a No Kill City

March 25, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-25-2017) #517: Teresa Johnson, Executive Director of the Kansas City Pet Project, was formerly a banking executive who has taken “best business practices” and applied them to saving 90% of the animals that come into their shelter and helping Kansas City become a No Kill city; Jill Groves is Founder […]

Avoiding Genetic Mutations in Dog Breeding

March 19, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-18-2017) #516: Dr. Angela Hughes, a canine geneticist at Mars Veterinary, talks about their Optimal Selection cheek swab test that identifies genetic mutations so that breeders can avoid breeding those dogs that are affected, while the test is also valuable to owners of purebred or mixed-breed dogs to learn whether […]

CNN Hero Finalist Who Created Senior Dog Rescue

March 13, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-11-2017) #515: Sherri Franklin was a CNN Hero finalist for creating Muttville senior dog rescue in San Francisco, which takes senior dogs out of the city shelter to get loving homes for these hard-to-place oldsters; Alex Munoz is Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services, which is an open shelter that takes […]

Cancer-Detecting Dogs

March 6, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-04-2017) #514: Abigail Tucker wrote THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: HOW HOUSE CATS TAMED US AND TOOK OVER THE WORLD from which came her New York Times article about how we live with cats; Lisa Lunghofer runs the Animals & Society Institute and discusses the issue of taking animal […]

Rewards of Volunteering at a Shelter

February 27, 2017

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (02-25-2017) #513: Cat fanciers will lap up Philippa Sandall’s blog from Australia called “Seafurrers: True Tales of the Ships’ Cats That Lapped and Mapped the World;” Amy Sutherland discusses her book RESCUING PENNY JANE: ONE SHELTER VOLUNTEER, COUNTLESS DOGS, AND THE QUEST TO FIND THEM ALL HOMES, and how giving […]

Canine Liability Insurance

February 19, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-18-2017) #512: Stacie Grissom, editor in chief of BarkPost, talks about their new book: DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE: PHOTOS AND STORIES OF LIFE WITH A FOUR-LEGGED LOVE; Debbie Turner explains the protective value of canine liability insurance, which her Dean Insurance company in Altamonte Springs Florida can write policies for […]

Challenges of New Baby When You Have a Dog

February 13, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-11-2017) #511: Genevieve Frederick, the President and Founder of Pets of the Homeless, runs this national organization where people in need in 26 states can access free dog food and be connected to veterinary care and others can donate; new mother Corey Smith, the Director of Companion Animal Public Policy […]

Discussion and Reading with Ann Patchett

February 4, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-04-2017) #510: The Ann Patchett show! The much-lauded (and Tracie’s adored) novelist fills the entire show reading canine selections from her amazing book of essays entitled THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE. Patchett discusses choosing dogs over babies as a lifestyle decision, the special qualities of her late […]

Fiction Trumps Reality of Cats with Bird Flu Virus

January 30, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-28-2017) #509: Neil Abramson, author of JUST LIFE, discusses how fiction can trump reality when right now stray cats with the bird flu virus are being quarantined in shelters across New York City, echoing his novel’s plot involving the city’s reaction when dogs are suspected of carrying a zoonotic disease; […]

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Dog Lick Your Face

January 22, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-21-2017) #508: Dr. Nandi Neilanjan, quoted in the New York Times article “Should You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face” talks about the transmittable pathogens we can get from our dogs’ saliva, like worms, e. coli, and more!; Dr. Julie Bailey discusses safe travels with animals; Sarah Ellis speaks from […]