Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB 88.3 FM in the Hamptons, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 650 consecutive shows. This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.

The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM “Robinhood Radio” in Sharon, Connecticut and Radio Cobleskill WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM in Cobleskill, New York.

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Why Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Stopped Collaborating with National Canine Center

December 7, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-07-2019) #652: Featuring Holly Sizemore, Annie England Noble, and Joelle Nielsen. Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, answers Tracie’s questions about what prompted Best Friends to stop collaborating with Aimee Sadler and the National Canine Center in Florida; Annie England Noble reads from her […]

Why Dogs Are Not Pack Animals

November 30, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-30-2019) #651: Featuring Marjie Alonso, Judy Korman, and Sue Pethick. Marjie Alonso, the Executive Director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC I), corrects a common misconception by explaining how dogs are not pack animals and we are not their pack leaders; Dr. Judy Korman describes a new […]

Ways We Can Keep Older Dogs Comfortable

November 23, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-23-2019) #650: Featuring Clive Wynn, Alex Kava, and Dr Kristin Kirkby-Shaw. Clive Wynn returns to discuss the many ways that we share love with dogs as described in his book DOG IS LOVE; Alex Kava talks about two books from her action-packed series, DESPERATE CREED and LOST CREED; Dr. Kristin […]

Steve Smith of Pet Releaf on Effective CBD Products

November 17, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-16-2019) #649: Featuring Steve Smith and listener cat questions. CBD products for pets and people are becoming a booming, multi-billion dollar business, but most people don’t know how to choose reliably effective, quality products for themselves or their animals. To help weed out (sic) potentially dangerous or useless products made […]

Margaret Mizushima (Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery)

November 9, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-09-2019) #648: Featuring Margaret Mizushima, Maria Goodavage, and Sybil Erden. Margaret Mizushima talks about her newest book in her series, TRACKING GAME: A TIMBER CREEK K-9 MYSTERY; Maria Goodavage discusses the amazing things dogs can do in her newest book, DOCTOR DOGS – HOW OUR BEST FRIENDS ARE BECOMING OUR […]

Vincent J. Musi’s The Year of the Dogs

November 2, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-02-2019) #647: Featuring Vincent Musi, Aysha Akhtar, and Michael Brandow. Vince Musi, a National Geographic photographer for 25 years, has now turned his luminous lens on dogs — with accompanying text that is beyond hilarious and touching in his book THE YEAR OF THE DOGS, which was a gift to […]

Author Alexandra Horowitz Discusses Our Dogs, Ourselves

October 26, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-26-2019) #646: Featuring Alexandra Horowitz, and Sean Cassels. A double-length interview with Alexandra Horowitz (the celebrated “dog observer” for whom the Horowitz Canine Cog Lab at Barnard is named), who discusses the socially relevant and disruptive ideas she explores in her new book OUR DOGS, OURSELVES: THE STORY OF A […]

The Serious Problem of People Getting Rabies in India

October 19, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-19-19) #645: Featuring James Gorman, Peter Jason Hoffman, and Terri Markle. New York Times reporter Jim Gorman discusses the serious problem of people getting rabies in India in an article about the nearly 60,000 dog bites to people in India yearly, many of them fatal; filmmaker Peter Jason Hoffman talks […]

Alice Obar’s “Cats My Life”

October 12, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-12-2019) #644: Featuring Melinda Miller, Keema, and Alice Obar. Melinda Miller discusses what all the flap is about Labradoodles and “oodles and poos” and whether there is a problem with purposely cross-breeding purebred dogs; beloved NYC dog-walker Keema talks about being the star of the Mutual Rescue documentary “Keema & […]

Kitten Lady, Hannah Shaw (Tiny But Mighty)

October 5, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-05-2019) #643: Featuring Hannah Shaw, Melinda Friedman, and Ken Hill. Hannah Shaw, well-known to cat lovers as “The Kitten Lady,” talks about how to care for the smallest, most fragile kittens in her book TINY BUT MIGHTY; filmmaker Melinda Friedman’s documentary “Vancouver: A Dogumentary” will give the audience at the […]