Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 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. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Cats as Emotional Ballast for People

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-02-2020) #686: A show totally devoted to cats with Anne Beall, Tori Peterson, and Heather Gibson. Anne Beall, author of HEROIC, HELPFUL, CARING CATS, talks about the many ways cats can be emotional ballast for people; Tori Peterson runs Space Cat Academy where she teaches cats many of the things dogs learn, like the sport of “nose work” (searching for a target scent, like drug-sniffing dogs but for fun), solving common problems without the use of fear or force (no sticky tape/spray bottles) and Trick of the Month Club, where cat lovers learn tricks to do activities with their cats; Heather Gibson talks about cats as emotional support animals and how she breeds and raises Balinese and Tonkinese kitties for this purpose at her home-based Elevated cattery.