Come Hang out with me, Ann Patchett & Kate DiCamillo, the Author Who Changed Her Life

Come Hang out with me, Ann Patchett & Kate DiCamillo, the Author Who Changed Her Life I just recorded one of my favorite radio shows of all time — and that’s saying a lot, since I’ve been doing DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) for 675 shows over 13 years. It is why I especially want […]

Quarantining is a Chance to Reconnect with Your Kitties   

Quarantining is a Chance to Reconnect with Your Kitties    “Stuck at home” is a survival prescription for the world right now, but let’s look at the bright side (at least from our pets’ perspective). We can embrace this time of “sheltering in place” as an opportunity to offer our cats the exercise and enrichment they […]

Welcoming Earth Animal to My World

Welcoming Earth Animal to My World For many many years, I drove by the small Earth Animal store in Westport, Connecticut, which is where I grew up — and where my father and Paul Newman created Newman’s Own — and where my father (at the astounding old age of 102!) still lives 65 years later. […]

Gorgeous Books for Glorious Films

Gorgeous Books for Glorious Films Every year I give a gift to each of the filmmakers whose films have been chosen for the Cat Film Festival and the Dog Film Festival – and what better way to salute their artistry than to be able to with a book of equal excellence? As luck would have […]

Labradoodles are Nobody’s Frankenstein Monster!

Labradoodles are Nobody’s Frankenstein Monster! Why was such a fuss made this week about The BBC news podcast of an interview last week with a man named Wally, decrying a crossbred dog he experimented with decades ago?  The mainstream media (the New York Times, the Washington Post, etc) grabbed onto the interview as though there […]

Magic the GSD is Thriving on Merrick Food

Magic the GSD is Thriving on Merrick Food People ask me all the time what food they should be feeding their dogs, but when my friend Paul asked on behalf of his beloved dog Magic — who has a typically sensitive stomach for a German Shepherd — I was afraid to tell him. Generally when […]

Apparently, August is Itchy Dog Month

Apparently, August is Itchy Dog Month I’ve heard of National Dog Day in August but I only recently discovered that all of August has been dubbed “the itchiest month.” This happened to be when my skin-sensitive Wanda the Weimaraner has reacted yet again to the grasses in the fields where I take her and Maisie […]

Space Dogs — a Darling Little Book

Space Dogs — a Darling Little Book Space Dogs: The Story of the Celebrated Canine Cosmonauts (photos by Martin Parr, text by Richard Hollingham) is a fascinating little book about the period during the Cold War when the Russian space program sent dogs into space.  Never to return. The book is filled with photos and […]

Summer Binge-watching NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals ON DEMAND

Summer Binge-watching the NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals ON DEMAND It’s summertime- and the livin’ is easy. But where can you turn for good entertainment on summer evenings, when everybody has come inside, worn out from too much outdoor sports, gardening, grilling, visitors, and vacays or stay-cays? Even with all the choices on cable […]

Breezing (relatively speaking) Through Nightmare of ACL Repair

Breezing (relatively speaking) Through the Nightmare of an ACL Repair My majestically athletic, exuberant Weimaraner Maisie made it all the way to age six before she tore her ACL ligament in May. I had been living in absolute dread of it tearing for months before it happened. I was doing everything I could to protect […]