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.

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Safe Ways To Transport Pets

February 6, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (02-06-2016) #459: Debbie Clarke Moderow wrote FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A WOMAN, HER DOGS, AND THEIR JOURNEY NORTH ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL about competing in the Iditarod race with her team, the “ultimate journey with my dogs;”  Myra Vandenburgh is the star of a documentary in the Dog Film Festival […]

Beautiful Poems About Dogs

February 1, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (01-30-2016) #458: Poet Kim Dower reads some of her beautiful poems about dogs, including “Why People Really Have Dogs” ( from her Red Hen Press collection “Slice of Moon” ( as well as from “Air Kissing on Mars” (; Jamie Berger, from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, talks […]

Canines and Childhood Cancer

January 23, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (01-23-2016) #457: Amy McCullough has been doing research for the American Humane Association for the “Canines and Childhood Cancer” study, and reports on early conclusions; Donna Lawrence — survivor of vicious dog attack by a pit bull welcomes a badly abused pit bull puppy into her life, who becomes the […]

Love, Animals & Miracles

January 18, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (01-16-2016) #456: Bernie Siegel’s enthusiasm for people and their pets shines through in his newest book, LOVE, ANIMALS & MIRACLES: INSPIRING TRUE STORIES CELEBRATING THE HEALING BOND; Jill Benjoseph (owner of FanFab Fabrics that made the beautiful t-shirts for the Dog Film Festival) talks about the horrors of the Akita […]

New Vaccine for Dangerous Dog Flu (H3N2)

January 11, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties, Too!) (01-09-2016) #455: John Ellis, DVM PhD — a microbiologist at the University of Saskatchewan — talks about the new vaccine for the new dangerous dog flu (H3N2) that recently hit the Chicago area and explains how flu vaccines are created for the welfare of pets and people — answering Tracie’s […]

Dog Trainer for Canine Movie Stars

January 2, 2016

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (01-02-2016) #454: Jacqueline Prehogan created Open Farm Pet as a family business making dry dog food from ingredients that are ethically raised and sourced, part of a “virtuous cycle;” Teresa Ann Miller is a dog trainer  who worked alongside her father training the canine stars of the films “Beethoven,” “Cujo” […]

Killing Trail; Pride & Prejudice & Kitties; My Old Dog

December 28, 2015

Dog Talk (12-26-2015) #453: KILLING TRAIL: A TIMBER CREEK K-9 MYSTERY by Margaret Mizushima, which features a search and rescue dog and handler just learning their craft; PRIDE & PREJUDICE & KITTIES: A CAT-LOVER’S ROMP THROUGH JANE AUSTEN’S CLASSIC by Jane Austen, Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol is a delightful send up by a devoted  […]

Authors Robert Crais, Doug Green & Brian Bailey

December 19, 2015

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (12-19-2015) #452: Best-selling author Robert Crais is back with THE PROMISE and the wonderful character Maggie, a tracking dog, who has big fan club of her own now; Doug Green, a psychotherapist who began bringing his once-difficult pup into his therapy sessions, writes about and her response to patients (and […]

Revolutionary Heart Valve for Dogs

December 16, 2015

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-12-2015) #451: Cardiologist Dr. George Kramer discusses his revolutionary, life-saving heart valve for dogs; historian Grant Hayter-Menzies talks about the wonderful little dog who served willingly as a four-legged solider as described in his book FROM STRAY DOG TO WORLD WAR I HERO: THE PARIS TERRIER WHO JOINED THE FIRST […]

What Dogs Teach Us About Living & Dying

December 7, 2015

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (12-05-2015) #450: FROM THE MOUTHS OF DOGS: WHAT OUR PETS TEACH US ABOUT LIFE, DEATH, AND BEING HUMAN by scholar B.J. Hollars, who talks about how the ashes of his childhood dog — still unburied — inspired him to explore all the ways the dogs in our lives teach us […]