Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving dogs and cats, many with dog health information, dog and puppy training advice, and help in living harmoniously with your cat.

This Gracie® Award-winning show, produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, has been broadcasting for 12 years with more than 585 consecutive shows from its originating NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting – WPPB 88.3 FM – in the Hamptons, where it is heard from the East End all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the local public radio stations:

WHDD Robinhood Radio 91.9 FM, Sharon, Connecticut
WCSQ-LP Radio Cobleskill 105.9 FM Cobleskill, New York

Global Community Radio
WRAQ 92.7 FM Angelica, New York
KIEZ 106.7 FM Monroe, Louisiana
KFZR 93.3 FM Frazier Park, California
KLQS 96.7 FM Agua Dulce, California
KAKU 88,5 FM Kahilui/Maui, Hawaii

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Biting Commentary on Dog Ownership in New York City

September 2, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-01-2018) #586: Featuring Maeve Higgins, Guillermo from Iceland Pure, and Tucker from Dogs Playing for Life. Tracie reads the essay “Stormy with the Calm Eyes,” a biting commentary on dog ownership in New York City, from Maeve Higgins’ new book of essays MAEVE IN AMERICA: ESSAYS BY A GIRL FROM […]

Bringing Shelter Dogs Into Maximum Security Prisons

August 26, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-25-2018) #585: Featuring Alex Tonner, Murad Kirdar, and Jane Erlich. Alex Tonner talks about Karma Rescue’s Paws for Life program which is bringing carefully chosen shelter dogs into maximum security prisons in California, with support from Pura Naturals Pet [puranaturalspet.com]; Murad Kirdar from Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which covers all […]

Following Puppies Destined to Become Guide Dogs

August 18, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-18-2018) #584: Featuring Dr. Jenny Conrad, Dana Nachman, and Marc Bekoff Dr. Jenny Conrad talks about her continuing dedication to the anti-declawing nonprofit group she founded, The Paw Project [pawproject.org/], and the fallacy of a new drug being promoted by some veterinarians that supposedly makes declawing “painless”; Dana Nachman co-directed […]

Correlation between “grain free” dog foods and heart condition?

August 11, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-11-2018) #583: Featuring Dr Ryan Yamka, Anthony Hutcherson, and Jim Kutsch. Dr Ryan Yamka, board certified veterinary nutritionist, talks about the shocking news — per the FDA — of a study from UC Davis veterinary school showing a correlation between “grain free” super premium dry dog foods with peas, lentils, […]

Developing a Vaccine to Prevent Cancer

August 4, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-04-2018) #582: Featuring Stephen Johnston, Jen Deane, and Rick Rothman. Dr Stephen Johnston from Arizona State University is a scientific inventor who is part of a team that has developed a revolutionary vaccine that might be able to prevent cancer and is being tested on dogs, as described in Scientific […]

Rachel Geller, Cat Behaviorist

July 29, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-28-2018) #581: Featuring Rachel Geller, Danny Robertshaw (Danny & Ron’s Rescue), and Michelle Caffrey. Rachel Geller is a cat behaviorist who had a line of people waiting to ask questions about their kitties after the NY Cat Film Festival in Arlington, MA, where everybody in the audience got a 30-day […]

Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?

July 23, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-21-2018) #580: Featuring Marc Bekoff, Mieshelle Nagelschneider, and Duncan MacVean. Are cats smarter than dogs? Marc Bekoff talks about this question by discussing the Harvard psychologist who postulates that there are “multiple intelligences in humans — so this question isn’t valid since each species intelligence serves their particular needs and […]

The “Pets For Life” Project

July 14, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-14-2018) #579: Featuring: Rita Mae Brown, Amanda Arrington, and Debra Finnerman. The inimitable author Rita Mae Brown talks about the history behind her newest mystery in which the animals have equal roles, CRAZY LIKE A FOX; Amanda Arrington at the Humane Society of the US, won the Bustad Award from […]

Crude Protein: What It Means, How It’s Measured

July 7, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-07-2018) #578: Featuring James Gorman, Ryan Yamka, and Lori Weise. James Gorman, who specializes in science and nature reporting for the New York Times, talks about how wolves are not dogs and how ancient wolves evolved to accept humans and the timing of that developmental change, as discussed in this […]

R & D of Breeding, Raising & Training Working Dogs

June 30, 2018

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-30-2018) #577: Featuring Dr. Cynthia Otto, Ed Jamison, and Belinda Jones. Dr. Cynthia Otto is the winner of a Bustad award from the American Veterinary Medical Association as Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, for her work as head of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of […]