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.

Also available on Amazon podcasts and Audible.

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Don’t Sign That Waiver at Doggy Daycare!

November 7, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-07-2022) #804B: Jeremy Cohen of Boston Dog Lawyers talks about how to protect yourself legally when using a boarding facility, doggy day care or even a dog walker. These establishments are not regulated! When you sign a waiver, you are absolving them of any responsibility for your dog getting attacked, […]

A Dog’s Devotion: True Adventures of a K9 Search and Rescue Team

November 7, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-07-2022) #804A: Suzanne Elshult talks about her book “A Dog’s Devotion: True Adventures of a K9 Search and Rescue Team,” filled with stirring tales of how volunteer search and rescue dog teams — like herself — rise to the occasion whenever they are needed across America. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow […]

An Explosion of Cats in Phoenix During Covid

October 31, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-31-2022) #803C: Sami Carroccio, director of Cat Cavorting in Phoenix, talks about her small but mighty TNR group — which consists just of her, a social media volunteer, and two other trappers — and the challenges they faced during the height of the pandemic when veterinarians were unavailable to spay […]

An Heir(ess) to James Herriot (the veterinarian who wrote “All Creatures Great & Small”)

October 31, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-31-2022) #803B: Dr. Charlotte Rogers is the onsite veterinarian at the new Carol Borden Medical Center at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in Florida. Dr. Charlotte looks after puppies and their mamas, along with the German Shepherd dogs in training and those dogs already placed with people who need them. […]

Still Fighting the GOOD Fight — Against Dog Fighting

October 31, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-31-2022) #803A: Adam Parascandola, VP of the Animal Rescue Team for the Humane Society of the United States, has spent years on the front lines, rescuing dogs and cats from man-made and natural disasters. He and Tracie discuss the recent HSUS raid that he led to shut down several South […]

There is an Art to Raising a Kitten

October 24, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-24-2022) #802C: Sally Bahner discusses all the ins and outs — and ups and downs — of fostering whole litters of kittens or adopting just one in “The Art of Raising a Kitten” which is full of tips and suggestions to get a kitten started on the right paw.   […]

Faithful Friends: Norman Rockwell and His Dogs

October 24, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-24-2022) #802B: Margaret Rockwell describes the way dogs were woven through the life of the iconic American artist Norman Rockwell in her book “Faithful Friends: Norman Rockwell and His Dogs,” which gave Tracie new appreciation for the timeless artistry of a man whose famous images we can mistakenly take for […]

Animals’ Hearts Beat—and Stop—Just Like Ours

October 24, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-24-2022) #802A: Tracie thinks that Harvard professor and UCLA cardiologist Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz deserves a MacArthur “genius” award for the imaginative ways she connects the dots between wild and domestic animals and how humans think, feel and get ill. Her book “Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health” […]

Underdogs — Premiering at the NY Dog Film Festival October 23rd

October 17, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-17-2022) #801C: Director Alex Astrella discusses his documentary, “Underdogs,” set at a prison in California, and premiering at the 7th Annual NY Dog Film Festival. He talks to Tracie about the unusual program at the prison where even convicted (and admitted) murderers have a chance to work with dogs to […]

Medical Service Dogs Get Their Very Own Veterinary Clinic

October 17, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-17-2022) #801B: Carol Borden — Founder and Director of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (and Tracie’s co-host on her training show GOOD DOGS!) proudly describes the new non-profit teaching medical facility for their service dogs and the community that bears her name and sets a high bar for a standard […]