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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Extraordinary Working Dogs

May 22, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-20-2017) #525: Rebecca Ascher-Walsh talks about the extraordinary working dogs in her book LOYAL: 38 INSPIRING TALES OF BRAVERY, HEROISM, AND THE DEVOTION OF DOGS; Jamie Gottlieb discusses an alternative way to get your pet driven from one place to another –– or even become a driver yourself –– for […]

From Foster Families to Forever Homes

May 15, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-13-2017) #524: Alison Eastwood talks about her non-profit called Foster Fur Kids in California which connects dogs with foster families until they can find forever homes; Nancy McKenney runs Marin Humane (which as “Marin Humane Society” was the beneficiary of the Dog Film Festival when it came to The Lark […]

Training, Directing Dogs For Film & TV

May 6, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-06-2017) #523: Another wonderful book from Bruce Cameron from the dog’s perspective, this time a pit bull puppy named Bella, in A DOG’S WAY HOME, a novel that sheds a light on “breed specific legislation” against pit bulls and other dogs, as well as the welfare of feral cat communities; […]

The Intelligence of Dogs

April 30, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-29-2017) #522:  Aimee Gilbreath is the Executive Director of Michelson’s Found Animals, a national, Los Angeles-based non-profit that offers a free microchip registry (www.found.org) for anyone anywhere — and will be the beneficiaries of the Dog Film Festival Pooch Party at Only in Beverly Hills boutique August 4th when Tracie […]

Jackson Galaxy on New Season of “My Cat From Hell”

April 23, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-22-2017) #521: Jackson Galaxy, also known as the Cat Daddy, talks about the new season of his television show “My Cat From Hell” and reveals that he and his wife have 11 animals, including his beloved outdoor cat “Eddie of the Night” (who refuses to come indoors), and their dog […]

The Ethics of Keeping Pets

April 17, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-15-2017) #520: Lourdes Bravo talks about being the Kitten Nursery Manager for the A.S.P.C.A. in New York City which was written up in a big New York Times article; Dr. Ariel Mosenco at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary college talks about “Radioactive Cats” and a recent article about the radioactive […]

Communities Without Shelter Interventionists

April 8, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-08-2017) #519: Heather Owen, the founder and director of Chicago’s One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue (and beneficiary of the NY Dog Film Festival’s journey to the Music Box Theater there June 4th) talks about how some communities are “resource deserts” without shelter interventionists like One Tail which diverts […]

Do Dogs Have Souls?

April 1, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-01-2017) #518: Do dogs have souls? Is there an afterlife? April Kedrowicz, a Professor at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study “Do Dogs Go to Heaven?” to see what people think about that; Bonnie Auslander, Director of the Kogod Center for Business Communications, was written up […]

“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 […]