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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Should You Tranquilize Dogs While Traveling?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #560: Dr. Nick Dodman (whose many books about managing the emotional conditions of pets has furthered our general understanding of how to help make their lives better) talks about whether it is a good idea to use tranquilizers when traveling with a dog. Should you drug a dog who is nervous traveling in a car? How about whether it is advisable to tranquilize a dog who’s flying in a plane? (Dr. Nick says he would personally never ever put a dog in the belly of a plane — he’d leave it home or drive it); Lisa Lunghofer from the Grey Muzzle Organization talks about the non-profit’s new grant cycle which awards grants to support non-profit groups working on behalf of senior dogs so that “no old dog should die alone and afraid;” Laura Schenone’s book THE DOGS OF AVALON: THE RACE TO SAVE ANIMALS IN PERIL, looks at the history of greyhound “production” and mistreatment in Ireland and around the world, while also being a fascinating profile of a bold and brave woman in Ireland with “radical compassion,” who has been fighting for greyhounds along with the welfare of many other animals in need of advocacy.