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. NPR Logo

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Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (08-13-2016) #485: Cassie Boness is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been doing research on the legal and ethical issues of whether psychologists should be certifying emotional support animals; Frans de Waal’s book ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? received high praise in the New York Times and is a challenge to what he calls the “anthro-deniers —- the killjoys who don’t want to acknowledge what we have in common with animals;” Dr. Chris Blazina’s book WHEN MAN MEETS DOG: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DOG MAKES, describes how a dog can be a safe bond, often more than humans, and how his dog Kelsey is his “portable family.”