Belinda Alexandra (The Divine Feline)

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-24-21) #711: Featuring Belinda Alexandra, Stephanie Volo, and Freyda. Belinda Alexandra calls from Sydney Australia where she lives with her three black cats and wanted to dispel the notion of “crazy cat ladies” in her book The Divine Feline: A Chic Cat Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend; Stephanie Volo, […]

Have You Planned for Your Pets After You’re Gone?

Have You Planned for Your Pets After You’re Gone? I was recently contacted by Freyda, a 78-year-old single lady in Queens, New York, who is worried about what will happen to her pussycat when she is gone. Freyda is in good health, but it’s inevitable that her all-black kitty Maisie, who is only 6 years […]

Planning for Your Kitty in the Future, After You Die

Cat Chat – Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (12-13-2020) #0019: Freyda (Queens, New York) discusses with Tracie that she’s worried about what will happen to her cat when she dies since she has no one she can depend upon to take her. Freyda is 78 years young and in good health, and Maisie, the […]

Confessions of a Dog Bed Junkie

Confessions of a Dog Bed Junkie I admit it: I have been on a lifelong quest for the perfect dog bed. I have bought (and been given by companies) ten times more dog beds than my lifetime cumulative number of dogs! Over the years, I’ve always had two dog beds in every room of whatever […]

Chill Out With the Zen Pen

Chill Out With the Zen Pen My older dog Maisie just went through her second ACL repair — a major bone-cutting surgery with hardware screwed into the bones. Lots of pain (for which she gets compounded tramadol and gabapentin), as well as anxiety about the whole procedure. Now, two and a half weeks later, she […]

What My Girls are Eating Now

What My Girls are Eating Now I am a pretty devoted Dog Feeding Mom. I think we’ve established by now — with over 14 years in the pet field and nearly 650 consecutive shows of Dog Talk® on NPR – that I have decided that there are nutritional supplements that enhance the health of dogs […]

Joe, Maisie and the Cheese

Joe. Maisie. And the Cheese This is a little story about how dogs learn, and especially how we can communicate to them certain behaviors which displease us. Most importantly, it’s a story about how/when/if to reprimand a dog for having engaged in one of those behaviors. This story is especially useful for new dog owners, […]

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy

Training Your Dog with a New Homemade Toy Dog toys can cost big bucks, reason enough to make your own. In my house, the favorite toy for chasing, tugging, gnawing—and even to cart around as a security blanket—is the Towel Burrito. These are my own invention, and I got the idea when I was reading […]

Japanese Chin Vinny the Vivamune Puppy

Japanese Chin Vinny the Vivamune Puppy My radio sponsor Vivamune makes an immune-system-boosting supplement that I wanted some of my special listeners to “road test,” and I thought of the beautiful little Japanese Chins being rescued and fostered, often from puppy mills, who might really benefit from the added boost to their wellness. My own […]

Skunked in Winter!

Skunked in Winter! The snowiest, coldest winter in memory has been challenge enough, trying to entertain and burn off the energy of a young, super-hyper, over-the-top energetic young dog. It has been so brutally cold, and the snow at the side of the roads has been piled so high, that I have not been able […]