Make A Shelter Dog’s Day: Take Him for Ice Cream

Make A Shelter Dog’s Day: Take Him for Ice Cream I recently interviewed a multi-faceted graduate student, Allison Andrukonis, at the Animal and Food Sciences Department of Texas Tech University. She is doing a study on “compassion fatigue” in shelter workers—specifically “burn-out” and the emotional effects of euthanasia on the spirits of shelter workers. I […]

Positive Outcome for Beagles Used in Pesticide Tests

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-30-2019) #616: Featuring Kitty Block, and Dr. Fred Metzger. Kitty Block, director of the Humane Society of the U.S., discusses with Tracie how HSUS was able to influence a positive outcome in the urgent situation of the Beagles being used for pesticide tests and previously slated for euthanasia; Tracie answers […]

You Really Need Pet Insurance!

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #562: You really need pet insurance. But what company to choose? Kent Kruse, retired pet insurance expert and veterinarian, talks about why more people do not have pet insurance and how to go about protecting yourself by choosing a company with no annual or lifetime limits, no hereditary exclusions, and […]

The Dog’s World of Smell

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-31-2016) #505: Alexandra Horowitz talks about how dogs experience the world through their amazing olfactory abilities in her newest book, BEING A DOG: FOLLOWING THE DOG INTO A WORLD OF SMELL; Mel Miskimen talks about her uplifting memoir SIT, STAY, HEAL: HOW AN UNDERACHIEVING LABRADOR WON OUR HEARTS AND BROUGHT […]

Hospice & Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

Dog Talk (08-01-2015) #432: Michele Allen founded Monkeys House Hospice & Sanctuary for Senior Dogs when she realized how fast the clock was ticking for old dogs when they come into shelters; Dr Jessica Vogelsang’s funny book ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn in Veterinary School) follows […]

Humane Talk #8027 (6-30-2014)

Humane Talk (6-30-2014) #8027: HSVMA leader Andrew Rowan returns for a second visit to talk about the history of human animal interaction (farm, laboratory, wild and owned animals) and how we are doomed to repeat history if we don’t learn from it. The enormous improvement in the sheltering field — in a lower number of […]

Dog Talk #336 Tracie Hotchner (08-31-2013)

Dog Talk Show #336: Dr. Alice Villalobos (award-winning Official Oncologist of DOG TALK[R]), sharing end-of-life knowledge about pets and her principles and philosophies about euthanasia with human thanatologists, who are interested in aiding humans at the end of their lives; Lance Weller’s first book Wilderness is a sweeping and deeply moving epic about the Civil […]