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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Canine Liability Insurance

February 19, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-18-2017) #511: 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 […]

Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act

January 15, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #507: Lauren Dorsch discusses the community support behind the grant from Bayer Animal Health to the Rose Brooks Center in the Kansas City area that welcomes pets into the shelter(and receive K9 Advantix II for their dogs), and explains the Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act; Zoe Agnew-Svoboda is the […]

Insect larvae as New High Tech Protein Source for Pet Food?

January 7, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-07-2017) #506: Blair Braverman talks about her book WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE: CHASING FEAR AND FINDING HOME IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, and the time she spent with sled dogs in a very challenging environment; Patrick Pittaluga co-founded Grubbly Farms in Atlanta Georgia, a tech start-up insect farm company using black Soldier fly larvae to consume the waste from the human food production chain, and then use the insects as a protein source for animal food; Maria Goodavage talks about her newest book focused on military working dogs: SECRET SERVICE DOGS: THE HEROES WHO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

The Dog’s World of Smell

January 3, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-31-2016) #505: Alexandra Horowitz talks about how dogs experience the world through their amazing olfactory abilities in her newest book, BEING A DOG: FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL; Mel Miskimen talks about her uplifting memoir SIT, STAY, HEAL: HOW AN UNDERACHIEVING LABRADOR WON OUR HEARTS AND BROUGHT […]

A Special Christmas Dog Talk

December 27, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-24-2016) #504: For a very special holiday episode of Dog Talk, here’s a conversation with Tracy, a listener from Batavia, Ohio, whose story exemplifies the very best of the holiday spirit and good cheer. She faced her yearly task of assembling her crew of pooches for their Christmas photo — […]

Importance of Environment in Lives of Dogs

December 17, 2016

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-17-2016) #503: Melissa McCue-McGrath talks about how environment matters in whether a dog has a successful life with you in her book CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CITY DOG, and explains how “noise sensitive” dogs don’t belong in an urban setting and why, surprisingly, Greyhounds can be the best city dogs; Heather […]