Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and numerous consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.

The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester.

The show’s theme song is “Mmm My Best Friend” by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE.

Podcast also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon podcasts, and Audible.

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Getting Rid of Bugs Without Dangerous Chemicals

February 6, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-06-2023) #816C: Stephanie Boone wanted to avoid the serious danger to pets, kids and the planet of chemical pest control so she created her company Wondercide to make plant-based pest protection for pets & people, inside and outside the house. MP3 Audio [21 MB]DownloadShow URL

80-Years-Old and Still Saving Kitties

February 6, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-06-2023) #816B: Heidi Roberts, founder and president of Friends of Beverly Animals, may no longer be doing the TNR personally now that she is 80-years-old, but she is still the driving force behind saving one kitty at a time. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Why Do Animals Need Government Protection?

February 6, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-06-2023) #816A: Wayne Pacelle, President of Animal Wellness Action, discusses the intersection of the government and animal welfare and how changing laws is often the only way to really protect voiceless animals. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

One Woman’s Holistic Store, Major Impact

January 30, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-30-2023) #815C: Johnna Devereaux created the one-off Fetch RI holistic pet store as a one-woman engine driving one of the country’s most celebrated and successful independent pet stores — because people trust her to have found the most pristine dog foods, treats and toys. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Not One More Veterinarian Should Suffer

January 30, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-30-2023) #815B: Darlene Bos, Executive Director of the non-profit Not One More Vet ( discusses the many elements that contribute to the emotional challenges and high rate of suicide of veterinarians — and the organization’s “Clear Blueprint” plan (underwritten by Merck for three years) to effectuate workplace wellness. MP3 Audio […]

Really, Australia? You’re Still Poisoning Feral Cats?

January 30, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-30-2023) #815A: Andrew Rowan, President of Wellbeing International, talks about an article that was recently in their magazine about the Australian government’s history and continued use of randomized and cruel poisoning of free-roaming feral cats, known to be ineffectual with decades of proof of the man-made ecological imbalances across their […]

No Cat Left Behind

January 23, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-23-2023) #814C: Karen Glass describes how the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, Massachusetts began 31 years ago to cope with the suffering feral cats down by the waterfront. Tracie marvels at their devoted followers who sold out two matinees of the NY Cat Film Festival at The Screening […]

Everything You Never Knew About Pet Insurance

January 23, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-23-2023) #814B: Dr. Peter Beaumont is Chairman of the Veterinary Advisory Board of Trupanion Pet Insurance and has watched the pet insurance field evolve from early days. He and Tracie discuss how pet insurance originally let people down — Tracie included! — but how Darryl Rawlings came along and created […]

Dogs & Cats Are People, Too

January 23, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-23-2023) #814A: What mattered to us as pet owners last year? Tracie gives a little wrap-up of the themes that emerged on her shows about giving dogs and cats the respect and support they need to be their own true selves — rather than mere sponges or mirrors for our […]

Cannabis for Canines — A Good Thing?

January 16, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-16-2023) #813C: Angela Ardolino is a mushroom specialist who studied cannabis and adaptogen blends at UVM. Tracie supports her for being a female entrepreneur who created and She surprises Tracie by saying that the THC in marijuana is not actually toxic for dogs, despite what people are told. […]