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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A Veterinary Guardian Angel for the Homeless

May 15, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-15-2023) #830B: Dr. Nichole Weinstein, a veterinarian who owns her own clinic in Montclair, California, was already doing care for pets of unhoused people when she learned about Kwane Stewart’s Project Street Vet and wanted to join that tribe of veterinary angels. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Cat’s Meow [and Much More]

May 15, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-15-2023) #830A: Jonathan Losos, a nationally acclaimed biologist with special expertise in lizards, talks about how he turned his lifetime love of cats into his book “The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa,” which is a deep dive look into what and who cats really […]

Wolfie’s Wish — Support for Pet Loss Grief

May 8, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-08-2023) #829C: Erica Messer created Wolfie’s Wish pet grief products — in particular her “grief cards” — when she was devastated after the tragic death of her kitty. With her mother’s support, she turned her grief into helping others with the same struggle. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

“Spectrum of Care” What Does That Mean?

May 8, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-08-2023) #829B: Dr. Emily Tincher explains what “spectrum of care” means at Nationwide, an unusual philosophy for a pet insurance company: that veterinarians can support pet owners choosing palliative care rather than doing the medical maximum, and they can all feel okay about that. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Dog & Cat Lady Goes Exotic!

May 8, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-08-2023) #829A: Tracie and Dr. Doug Mader discuss why they just launched their podcast EXOTIC PETS, because an atypical human-animal bond is just as meaningful to people, whether it’s a fish, a spider or a bunny — and owners need to know how to be good stewards of these unusual […]

The Musical Director with a Snake “Scarf”

May 1, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-01-2023) #828C: Musical director Alex Rybeck talk about how he came to have as his non-human companion Petula, the corn snake, as featured in Johanna Seigmann’s book “In Good Company (Notable People with Their Pets).” MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

Unconditional Care for Homeless Pet Owners

May 1, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-01-2023) #828B: Dr. Robert Duquette, Associate Director of Veterinary Professional Services for Companion Animals at Merck, talks about being the company’s liaison for their Street Dog Coalition, which supports veterinarians helping the pets of unhomed people as part of their “Unconditional Campaign.” MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

“Doubly Diverse” — A Veterinarian Who is Male & Black

May 1, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-01-2023) #828A: Dr. Kwane Stewart, the founder of Project Street Vet, talks about the challenges of being a minority in his field and what it has meant to be asked to join the Diversity Committee of the California Veterinary Medical Board. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

From High Flying Executive to Donkey Rescuer

April 24, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-24-2023) #827C: How did Ron King go from being That Guy who wears a Gucci swimsuit to sit by the pool (by himself!), to managing Oscar’s Place Donkey Adoption Center & Sanctuary in Northern California? As a lifelong donkey lover and owner, Tracie saw Ron’s photos in Johanna Siegmann’s gorgeous […]

“Spray & Play” — Pest Control Without Chemicals

April 24, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-24-2023) #827B: Stephanie Boone, the Founder of the company Wondercide, talks about having created natural alternatives to spraying chemicals on pets, property and people so they can be safely pest-free. Steph created the saying “Spray and Play” because Wondercide products are so safe that kids and pets can be right […]