Anguished About Buying a Puppy

I got an enthusiastic message from Jenny, whose young daughter Brooks “is obsessed with dogs & would love to go to Dog Film Festival. Is it playing in our area? We live in Beacon NY & have family we visit in the Berkshires.” I wrote Jenny back to say she was in luck — that […]

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat is Bringing Joy to Cat Lovers & Shelters Nationwide

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat is Bringing Joy to Cat Lovers &  Shelters Nationwide I was filled with hopeful excitement last year when Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat — my “precious” devoted sponsor of  DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!) (my NPR radio show)  — encouraged me to create a cat film festival to give kitty cats their […]

Biting Commentary on Dog Ownership in New York City

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-01-2018) #586: Featuring Maeve Higgins, Guillermo from Iceland Pure, and Tucker from Dogs Playing for Life. Tracie reads the essay “Stormy with the Calm Eyes,” a biting commentary on dog ownership in New York City, from Maeve Higgins’ new book of essays MAEVE IN AMERICA: ESSAYS BY A GIRL FROM […]

Buzz in Chicago: Imminent Arrival of NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals™ !

The Buzz in Chicago: the Imminent Arrival of the NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals™ ! Pet lovers in the Windy City are about to have their socks blown off — because the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ is returning to town on Sunday April 29th , this time to The Patio Theater. There […]

Wheels of Hope

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-22-2016) #557R: Sara Baume’s extraordinary novel SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER has Tracie (and surely others) comparing Baume to James Joyce for creating a new language to depict the inner life of an Outsider, and his life on the run with a vicious dog he adopts and treasures; Brenda Sizer talks […]

Undercover Video of Puppy Abuse at NYC Store

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-16-2017) #553: Kathleen Summers — Director of Outreach & Research for the Puppy Mill Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States –– discusses the HSUS undercover video of abuses at a NYC puppy store; Elyise Hallenbeck, Director of Development for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals –– which […]

Cat & Dog Film Festivals Coming to NYC This Weekend!

My Cat & Dog Film Festivals Are Coming To NYC This Weekend! I am more excited than I was as a three-year-old when there was a clown and pony rides at my birthday party! In 48 hours my NY Cat and Dog Film Festivals are going to take over the SVA Theatre in Chelsea and […]

Jackson Galaxy, Dog/Cat Film Festival Entries

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (12-02-2017) #552: Get to know all more about one of the great cat lovers, Jackson Galaxy [from the TV show “My Cat From Hell”] who talks with Tracie about the arc of his life, and the wisdom in his new book TOTAL CAT MOJO: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIFE WITH […]

Thanks to Halo for Believing in the NY Dog Film Festival™

Thanks to Halo for Believing in the NY Dog Film Festival™ Next Tuesday morning, December 5th, I’m going to be on Fox News “Good Day New York” between 9:30 and 9:50 AM to talk about the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ December 10th at the School for Visual Arts Theater on West 33rd Street […]

Role of Animals in Many Cultures

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-25-2017) #551: John Bradshaw speaks from England about his book, THE ANIMALS AMONG US: HOW PETS MAKE US HUMAN, which includes many fascinating historical facts about the role of animals in many cultures, including a tribe in which women suckled puppies and baby monkeys!; Sandi Laird from Operation Kindness in […]