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 over 675 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. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM “Robinhood Radio” in Sharon, Connecticut.

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

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Spencer Quinn’s New Chet & Bernie Mystery, Of Mutts And Men

September 20, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-20-20) $693: Featuring Peter Abrahams, Justin Goodman, and Eric Shannon. Peter Abrahams, writing as Spencer Quinn, reads from his newest Chet & Bernie mystery, OF MUTTS AND MEN; Justin Goodman is the VP of Public Policy and Advocacy for the White Coat Waste project and talks about how his group […]

The shortage of Puppies & Dogs for People Who Want Them

September 13, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-13-2020) #692: Featuring Mark Cushing, Julia London, and Chris Langelotti. Mark Cushing talks about his new book PET NATION: THE LOVE AFFAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA, and a bird’s eye view of how pets are part of our lives, in particular, Cushing’s reckoning of the unacknowledged fact that there is actually […]

Advice for Slimming Down a Fat or Obese Dog

September 6, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-06-2020) #691: Featuring Dr. RuthAnn Lobos and Trevor Jones. A Fat Dog is a Diseased Dog! Dr. RuthAnn Lobos — a competitive athlete herself and lead veterinarian at Merrick Pet Care — discusses with Tracie the American Veterinary Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease. Tracie is worried about […]

Subaru Fills Phila Union Stadium with Life-Size Cut-Outs of Adoptable Dogs

August 30, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-30-2020) #690: Featuring Amy Strawbridge, Jeff Van Pevenage, and Barney Scout Mann. Amy Strawbridge is the Experiential Marketing Manager for Subaru (the car dog people love!) and talks about the creative way the company is “filling the stands” at the Philadelphia Union MLS home games for the 2020 season at […]

The Harder-to-Train Dogs Known as “Primitive” Breeds

August 23, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-23-2020) #689: Featuring Tori Peterson, Kathleen Conlee, and Lisa Wysocki. Tracie finds out from trainer Tori Peterson that there are harder-to-train dogs known as “primitive” breeds, ancient breeds that evolved as guardians or hunters known for “serious dispositions” [like Akitas, Shiba Inu and other spitz breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Great Pyrenees, […]

Diet Recommendation for Carb-Addicted Cat

August 16, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-16-2020) #688: Featuring Tracie & JoAnn, Brandon Werber, and Lisa Lunghofer. Tracie talks to JoAnn in Olympia WA, who has a carb-addicted, food-thieving cat, Levi — which Tracie explains is caused by feeding dry food, or “kitty crack,” recommending getting Levi on wet food only, preferably Weruva; Brandon Werber introduces […]

America’s VetDogs: Training Dogs for Specific Veteran Needs

August 9, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-09-2020) #687: Featuring Maria Nuzzi, and Dr RuthAnn Lobos. Maria Nuzzi is a dog trainer at America’s VetDogs which is part of Guide Dogs, and talks about their mission of breeding, raising and training of dogs for a specific veteran’s needs, at no cost to them (in answer to Tracie’s […]

Cats as Emotional Ballast for People

August 2, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-02-2020) #686: A show totally devoted to cats with Anne Beall, Tori Peterson, and Heather Gibson. Anne Beall, author of HEROIC, HELPFUL, CARING CATS, talks about the many ways cats can be emotional ballast for people; Tori Peterson runs Space Cat Academy where she teaches cats many of the things […]

Senior Chihuahuas Adopted from Muttville in San Francisco

July 26, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-19-2020) #685: Featuring Adam Parascandola, Chris Johnson, and Mikael Lindnord. Adam Parascandola is Senior Director of the Animal Rescue Team at the Humane Society of the US and Senior Director of Animal Protection & Crisis Response for Humane Society International, but today talks about the senior chihuahuas he’s adopted from […]

How Chiropractic Treatments Work for Dogs

July 19, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-19-2020) #684: Featuring Michele Broadhurst, Susan Russell, and Melain Rodriguez. Dr. Michele Broadhurst is a human and animal chiropractor with certification in canine rehabilitation who explains how chiropractic treatments work for dogs; Susan Russell talks about community cats and TNR (trap-neuter-release) seen from the cat’s perspective in her children’s book […]