Cats Go Nutty for Bugs

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (09-28-2022) #0111: Dr. Mikel Delgado and Tracie talk about the many ways insect proteins are finding their way into foods for cats, including Nuna treats and Love Bug from the UK. Tracie discusses how insects are a natural component of a free-ranging cat’s diet and therefore […]

“Gone for Good???”

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-26-2022) #798C: Tracie talks to Deepanjali, a young design student in New York from India (whose parents chose not to give first names to her or her brother so they are single-named people!) For a school project, she created \”Gone for Good???\” a deeply-felt animated film that will be in the 7th Annual NY Dog Film Festival on October 23rd — and Deepnajali will be there herself! It depicts a mournful Pug who suffers when his mistress goes off to college and leaves him behind.

“Gone But Not Furgotten”

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-26-2022) #798B: Cate Conte’s newest Cat Cafe mystery revolves around the death of a cat hoarder and community antipathy towards her. Cate and Tracie discuss the serious mental health component of animal hoarding. The book also delves into how a local rescue and/or shelter has to deal with the feline […]

Amazing Carrier Pigeons Throughout History

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-26-2022) #798A: Cara Giaimo, co-author of “Detector Dogs, Dynamite Dolphins, and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers” researched the carrier/homing pigeons section of the book and Tracie was fascinated by their use to carry messages throughout human history. But how do they do it? MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

What is Your Dog’s “Truth?”

Good Dogs! (09-21-2022) #6114: Dog trainer Kim Brophey created a video series called “The Dog’s Truth” in order to help people understand the underlying “truth” of who their dog is as an individual, in hopes of improving the human-canine bond with a realistic assessment and expectation of each dog.   MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL

Piglets Tortured in Name of Science (and Big Bucks) at Ivy League University

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-19-2022) #797C: Justin Goodman, Director of the White Coat Waste Project (which investigates the travesty of tax-payer dollars being thrown away on often pointless experiments, and studies which require animal cruelty) talks with Tracie about how massive millions of dollars are funneled from government funding to universities for research, lining the coffers of the universities, often via pointless and cruel experimentation on animals. The federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is now investigating falsification of results from experimental brain trauma inflicted on newborn piglets at the University of Pennsylvania (which happens to be Tracie\’s alma mater). Tracie and Justin suggest that alumni and students at any university question the administration whether \”indefensible science\” is being conducted that harms animals for profit.

Read this Book and Make Your Dog Happier

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-19-2022) #797B: British dog behaviorist Louise Glazebrook discusses seeing things from a dog’s perspective in her book “The Book Your Dog Wishes You Would Read.” She discusses what “driving to the tip” means and the value for puppies and senior dogs of taking them out for “no walk,” or a […]

“L’Histoire de Lilliput” — a Pseudo-French Film Noir Made in Chile!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (09-21-2022) #0110: Marco Nunez — a young filmmaker who decided during the Covid pandemic to make a film tribute to his beloved kitty Lilliput — put his iPhone to use as a video tool. Tracie chose his tongue-in-cheek film for the 5th Annual NY Cat Film Festival, which Marc is excited to attend as his first trip to New York City for the October 23rd premiere.  

The Better Chicken Commitment (For the Sake of the Chickens)

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-19-2022) #797A: Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein talk about the pledge their company, Earth Animal, has made to the Better Chicken Commitment, a science-based chicken welfare policy that helps improve the lives of the millions of chickens raised for food. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

“Free Puppies” — But at What Cost?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-12-2022) #796B: Christina Thomas (co-director with Samantha Wishman of “Free Puppies”) discusses the new documentary, which follows two tireless women with full time jobs, whose lives are also devoted to the complex challenges of rescuing and spaying/neutering dogs in impoverished areas in Georgia. MP3 Audio [24 MB]DownloadShow URL