Woman With Life Limiting Disease Married Her Dog

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-09-2019) #613: Featuring Lilly Smartelli, Paula Munier, and Nora Parker. Tracie talks to Lilly Smartelli, who was featured in the New York Times weddings section because she married her dog Bernie when she discovered she had a life-limiting disease and no other marriage prospects; Paula Munier reads from her book […]

Is that the ‘Look of Love’ in Your Dog’s Eyes?

Is that the ‘Look of Love’ in Your Dog’s Eyes? You know how some dog trainers caution to never look a dog directly in the eye — that it can be threatening or intimidating or send a negative message along those lines? And might even incite a dog to go after you? Now this may […]

Is Whisker Fatigue in Cats Really a ‘Thing?’

Is Whisker Fatigue in Cats Really a ‘Thing?’ This article in the New York Times about kitties having “whisker fatigue” during eating may sound a bit new-agey, but does a wonderful job of acknowledge the sensitivity of a cat’s whiskers — and the insult to our cats when we ask them to eat out of […]

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (08-13-2016) #485: Cassie Boness is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been doing research on the legal and ethical issues of whether psychologists should be certifying emotional support animals; Frans de Waal’s book ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW […]

Jane Brody on Training her Havanese as Therapy Dog

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (04-30-2016) #470: The New York Times columnist Jane Brody talks about her article describing turning her 16 lb. re-homed Havanese, Max, into an uber therapy dog [“Turning Your Pet Into a Therapy Dog” and  “The Drawbacks of Puppy Love”]; Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., talks about her book ZOOBIQUITY: THE ASTONISHING CONNECTION […]

Worth of Senior Dog’s Life

The Bond (11-23-2015) #0008: What is an older dog’s life worth? Sarah and Tracie have a bone to pick (sic) with a recent New York Times article raising the issue of the “morality” of spending large sums for a dog’s medical care at the end of life (from a newspaper that does not question the […]

What We Learned at the Movies

The inaugural DOG FILM FESTIVAL that my Radio Pet Lady Network produced last weekend in New York City was a rousing success. What had been a crazy idea amazed me by taking wing — with the New York Times devoting half a page in the Weekend Arts section to the festival, Time Out magazine picking […]

Oxytocin & Canine-Human Bond

The Bond (05-11-2015) #4: Sarah Wilson has been talking for years about the role of oxytocin in the canine-human bond — that brain chemicals are connecting and reinforcing our mutual attachment to dogs, on both ends of the leash. A recent New York Times blog by Jan Hoffman titled “The Look of Love is in […]

Differences in Deaths: Mother vs. Cat

Dog Talk (03-14-2015) #412: Margo Rabb wrote about the differences between her mother’s death and her cat Sophie’s, which she wrote about in a recent New York Times op-ed piece: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/margo-rabb/?_r=0  Rabbi Douglas Krantz, founding rabbi of the Congregation Bnai Yisrael in Armonk, talks about his journey from supporting locally grown produce through a CSA, to […]

Humane Talk #8034 (11-10-2014)

Humane Talk (11-10-2014) #8034: Wayne talks dogs in the small Asian nation of Bhutan and an ongoing project where Humane Society International is helping street dogs and communities by sterilizing tens of thousands of free-roaming dogs; Tracie and Wayne discuss how competitive racing is a dangerous game for horses that leads to the injury and […]