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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Guide Dog Teen Camp

June 22, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-22-2019) #628: Featuring Katie Perez, Ann Hill, and Megan Arant. Katie Perez talks about the Guide Dog Teen camp they offer for visually-impaired young people at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto Florida; Ann Hill, the founder and Executive Director of Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati talks about this low-cost […]

Why Dogs & Carbs Are Complicated

June 15, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-15-2019) #627: Featuring Linda Case, Brian Duggan, and Sharon Peters. Linda Case explains why the issue of “Dogs & Carbs” is complicated, and invites people to participate in her webinars; Brian Duggan discusses his new historical book GENERAL CUSTER, LIBBIE CUSTER AND THEIR DOGS: A PASSION FOR HOUNDS, FROM THE […]

New York Poised to Become First State to Ban Declawing

June 8, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-08-2019) #626: Featuring Linda Rosenthal, Marc Bekoff, and Rich Kelleman. NY State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (Democrat, Manhattan) discusses how the New York Assembly and Senate overwhelmingly passed the anti-declaw bills, A1303 (L Rosenthal) and S5532 (Gianaris) which, when signed by Governor Cuomo, will become law effective immediately; Marc Bekoff discusses […]

Author Pam Houston Reads from Waltzing the Cat

June 3, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-01-2019) #625: Featuring Pam Houston, Nancy McKenney, and a listener’s cat question answered. Author Pam Houston reads from her short story collection WALTZING THE CAT, and talks about the sold out Truth I’d Dare performance in which she participated in Portland, Oregon; Nancy McKenney, Director of the Marin Humane Society, […]

Setting “It’s Bruno” in Brooklyn With Its Diverse & Wacky Characters

May 25, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-25-2019) #624: Featuring Rapper “Slick” Naim, Jacky Colliss Harvey, and Guillermo “Memo” Roa. Rapper “Slick” Naim, the creator/writer/director/producer of the new Netflix show “It’s Bruno” talks about setting the show in his native Brooklyn with all its diverse and wacky characters, and how efforts at inclusion in the film industry […]

Dismissing “Unkind” Puppy Training Myths & Methodologies

May 20, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-18-2019) #623: Featuring Linda Case, Tabitha Bell, and Kelsea Brown. Linda Case, the author of DOG SMART: EVIDENCE-BASED TRAINING WITH THE SCIENCE DOG, dismisses “unkind” training myths and methodologies like forcing dogs to use a crates, or bad advice like not to comfort an anxious dog; Stanford student Tabitha Bell […]

Shelter’s Most Deserving Dogs Get Ice Cream Cones

May 11, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-11-2019) #622: Featuring Dave Barry, Carol Novello, and Allie Andrukonis. The wonderfully funny Dave Barry reads from his new book “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog;” Carol Novello, who created the “Mutual Rescue” film series, talks about her book “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless […]

Obesity Challenge for Dogs

May 4, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-04-2019) #621: Featuring Dr. Katy Nelson, Allie Larkin, and Cathy Bissell. Dr. Katy Nelson talks about the “obesity challenge for dogs” she’s been conducting to help people slim down their chubby pooches; author Allie Larkin reads from her book about a rescued dog helping to rescue his human in SWIMMING […]

Kitten Training Classes

April 27, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-27-2019) #620: Featuring Tracie & Rachel Geller, Monique Udell, and Mitch from Paw House Inn. Tracie answers cat questions from listeners (for which they receive a coupon for a free Comfort Zone pheromone diffuser) with Rachel Geller, who has a new book SAVING THE WORLD, ONE CAT AT A TIME; […]

NYC’s Meow Parlour to Host Inaugural 3-Week Adoption Event, The Power of Purrsuasion

April 20, 2019

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-20-2019) #619: Featuring Christina Ha, Dr Fred Metzger, and Meredith Walsh. Christina Ha of NYC’s Meow Parlour talks about being the inaugural location of Dr. Elsey’s 3-week adoption event called The Power of Purrsuasion, where Dr Elsey’s underwrites daily visits to the Meow Parlour, adoption fees during the campaign, and […]