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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Support For Veterinary Medical Emergencies

July 8, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-08-2017) #532: Robin Olson (who has a great blog “Covered in Cat Hair”) has been kitten raising and fostering in her designated Blue Bathroom for 17 years and says “You cannot have a bad day in a room full of kittens”; Melinda Cianos discusses The Buddy Foundation of Maryland, a […]

Using Genetic Markers to Identify Potential For Illness

July 1, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-01-2017) #531: Dr. Lowell Ackerman is a veterinarian who wrote THE GENETIC CONNECTION: A GUIDE TO HEREDITARY HEALTH PROBLEMS IN DOGS AND CATS, discusses what “personalized medicine” means in using genetic markers to identify individual dogs’ potential for illness; Dr. Dena Mangiamele was formerly Chief Veterinarian for the entire city […]

Bucket List for an English Mastiff

June 26, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-24-2017) #530: Lauren Fern Watt talks about the bittersweet plans she made for her 160-lb English Mastiff in GIZELLE’S BUCKET LIST: MY LIFE WITH A VERY LARGE DOG; Leanne Lauricella tells the incredible story of rescuing handicapped baby goats in GOATS OF ANARCHY: A WOMAN’S QUEST TO SAVE THE WORLD […]

Service Dogs for Children with Autism

June 18, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-17-2017) #529: Rita Mae Brown’s newest historical fiction, set partly in 1887, A HISS BEFORE DYING, appreciates the importance of history; Caroline Sandler is the co-founder & VP of training at Blue Path service dogs for children with autism; if you’ve ever wanted to know HOW TO DRAW DOGS & […]

Guardians of Rescue: Investigating Animal Cruelty

June 11, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-10-2017) #528: Scotlund Haisley, who used to do rescue work for the HSUS, has founded Animal Rescue Corps and talks about his book COMPASSION IN ACTION: MY LIFE RESCUING ABUSED AND NEGLECTED ANIMALS; Marceline Fischer is a licensed private investigator and uses her skills to investigate cases of animal cruelty […]

Billy Collins’ Dog Poetry

June 3, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-03-2017) #527: America’s Poet Billy Collins on Dogs! Billy Collins has been the Poet Laureate of the United States and of New York State, and has always been a poet who loves dogs, as you can see from this TED talk he gave reading two poems about what dogs think. […]

Understanding Animals’ True Needs

May 30, 2017

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #526REV: Marc Bekoff discusses his newest book THE ANIMALS’ AGENDA: FREEDOM, COMPASSION, AND COEXISTENCE IN THE HUMAN AGE, co-written with Jessica Pierce, about respect, understanding and compassion for what animals’ true needs are to live their best lives; Dr. Robert Reisman, a forensic vet at the ASPCA, was profiled in […]

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; […]