Dogs Playing for Life: The Brilliance of Thinking Outside the Cage

Dogs Playing for Life: The Brilliance of Thinking Outside the Cage Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had a longtime friend who won the equivalent of a Nobel Prize? Suppose you had an old pal whom you’d lived through decades of life alongside — knowing each others’ men and horses […]

R & D of Breeding, Raising & Training Working Dogs

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-30-2018) #577: Featuring Dr. Cynthia Otto, Ed Jamison, and Belinda Jones. Dr. Cynthia Otto is the winner of a Bustad award from the American Veterinary Medical Association as Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, for her work as head of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of […]

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs For decades, animal shelters have evaluated whether a dog was dangerously aggressive by poking a rubber hand attached to a pole into a dog’s food bowl while he was eating — then pulling the bowl away from him. If the dog lunged or bit at […]

Providing Play Time for Shelter Dogs

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-02-2017) #540: Aimee Sadler founded Dogs Playing for Life, which visits shelters around the country to teach staff and volunteers how to get dogs out into play groups to improve their quality of life and make them more adoptable, too — their motto being “Every Dog Every Day” gets play […]

Sometimes Saying Goodbye Isn’t So Sad

Sometimes Saying Goodbye Isn’t So Sad I had to say goodbye to my old Collie-mix dog Jazzy this weekend. People were feeling sorry for me when I told them my vet had come to put her to sleep — but I wasn’t sad. It was such a relief for me and for Jazzy — to […]

Hearing Assistance Dog

Dog Talk (04-25-2015) #418: Aimee Sadler talks about her nationwide non-profit Dogs Playing for Life that gets shelter dogs out together in play yards and how her son Kodi now works with her; Taylor has a hearing assistance dog (she was deaf from birth) and describes how her Midwest Assistance Dog Zoe alerts her to […]

Dog Talk #410 (02-28-2015): Underwater therapy; pet hospice; behavior evaluations

Dog Talk (02-28-2015) #410: Becky talks about her champion dock diving boxer-mix Mercedes, and how underwater therapy and a healing supplement like Activphy can get a performance dog back on track after an injury; Monica Turenne is specialized in pet hospice, certified in thanatology (the many aspects of dying and death for people as well […]

Dog Talk #407 (02-07-2015)

Dog Talk (02-07-2015) #407: Gabor runs the rescue network of the Nutmeg Weimaraner Club in Connecticut, through which Tracie found a 4 year old Weimaraner for adoption — which went bad very quickly since she was not told the whole story; in order for others not to suffer the terrible quandary Tracie was put in […]

Dog Talk #329 Tracie Hotchner (07-12-2013)

Dog Talk Show #329: Marta Williams’ book, MY ANIMAL, MY SELF, adds a whole new dimension to how we perceive and experience our deep connection to our pets; Melanie Kahn (Senior Director of the Puppy Mill Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States) confirms allegations in the New York Times of an unholy […]