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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Cats in Human History

September 8, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-07-2019) #639: Special Cat Show, featuring author Laura Vocelle, Dr. Diane Addie, and Dr. Jane Brunt. Laura Vocelle, speaking from the Sultanate of Oman, talks about her overview of cats in human history in her book, REVERED AND REVILED: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE DOMESTIC CAT; Dr Diane Addie, a […]

A Sanctuary for Special Needs Senior Dogs & Cats

August 31, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-31-2019) #638: Featuring Risa Simon, Rob Kugler, and John Torrens. Risa Simon [who is a Commander in the U.S. Navy] talks about having created a sanctuary for special needs senior dogs and cats in a home she bought for them in Rockville Maryland called Leashes End; Rob Kugler talks about […]

Dog Treats from Alternate Protein Source: Cricket Powder

August 24, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-24-2019) #637: Featuring Renee Streeter, Anne Carlson, and Susannah Charlson. Dr Renee Streeter is a veterinary nutritionist who discusses Tracie’s questions about pet obesity and other aspects of feeding pets; Anne Carlson is the founder and CEO of Jiminys, and discusses how she came to make dog treats from the […]

Companies Want Cat Colonies to Decrease Rodent Populations

August 18, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-17-2019) #636: Featuring Alana Grelyak, Rachel Geller with Tracie, and Andrea Herrick. Alana Grelyak from the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago (which will be the beneficiary of the Cat Film Festival on Sept 10th in Chicago) estimates there are 250,000 to a half-million free-roaming cats in Chicago, with a […]

Dogs’ Inner Eyebrow Muscle Facilitates Expression to Melt Human Hearts

August 10, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-10-2019) #635: Featuring James Gorman, Nick Trout, and Jan Richardson. James Gorman talks about his New York Times article about the very particular inner eyebrow muscle dogs have which is what allows them to make an expression that can melt a human’s heart; Nick Trout talks about his touching novel […]

DogSpot: Temperature-controlled Dog Houses on City Sidewalks

August 3, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-03-2019) #634: Featuring Mirah Horowitz, Samantha Suiter, and Chelsea Brownridge. Mirah Horowitz has been at the helm of Lucky Dog Rescue in Washington, D.C. for years, moving dogs from South Carolina and Puerto Rico to waiting volunteer families — which is the subject of “The Lucky Ones,” a film in […]

Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize

July 27, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-27-2019) #633: Featuring Jazzmyn Carter, Adam Hobler, and Suzanne Fuqua. Jazzmyn Carter talks about going back to her own under-served, underprivileged community in Metro Atlanta and creating the JazzyPaw clinic, a volunteer-run spay-neuter/wellness clinic; Adam Hobler — the business development officer for 9 Square Ventures, the corporate venturing group at […]

Dr. Elsey’s Powers of Purrsuasion Adoption Event

July 20, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-20-2019) #632: Featuring Kristi Labrenz, Peggy Gavan, and IAmMoshow, the Cat rapper. Kristi Labrenz runs the much-loved CatCafe Lounge in Los Angeles which is hosting Dr. Elsey’s Powers of Purrsuasion adoption event from July 22 to August 23; and will be the beneficiary of the Cat Film Festival when it […]

Confusion over FDA Report on Grain-free Dry Dog Food & Heart Condition in Dogs

July 13, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-13-2019) #631: Featuring Dr. Ryan Yamka, Susan Cohen, and Deborah Suchman. Veterinary nutrition specialist Dr Ryan Yamka discusses the public’s misunderstanding of the FDA report on grain-free dry dog food and a heart condition in dogs, which is clearly not scientifically linked to the problem; Susan Cohen was a grief […]

Answering Cat Questions, Siamese Rescue, and Meow Meetup

July 8, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-06-2019) #630: Featuring Rachel Geller, Siri Zwemke, and Lauren Miele. First, cat behavior expert Rachel Geller (author of Saving the World One Cat at a Time) answers listeners’ questions with Tracie: from Laura, who added a 7th cat causing big disruptions and is on the brink of becoming a hoarder; […]