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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Your Dog is Too Fat (There, I’ve said it!)

December 14, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-19-2022) #810C: Dr. Ernie Ward created the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help owners and the pet food industry take an honest look at whether our dogs and cats are fat (they are!) — and why it urgently matters from a health and longevity perspective. Tracie asks everyone […]

Senior Dogs Starring On the Silver Screen

December 14, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-19-2022) #810B: Filmmaker Gorman Bechard shows his respect and appreciation for senior dogs in his film “Old Friends, a Dogumentary,” which is a celebration of one special senior dog sanctuary. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Dublin Dog Whisperer

December 14, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-19-2022) #810A: Dog trainer Stephanie Rousseau teamed with world-renowned Norwegian dog behaviorist Turid Rugaas to write “How to Raise a Puppy: a Dog-Centric Approach,” a book Tracie believes will make a better dog guardian of everyone who reads its life-altering philosophy.   MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

The County Animal Shelter Next to the Town Incinerator

December 12, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-12-2022) #809C: Ashley Hermans is the Director of Animal Services for the county shelter in Bastrop County Texas, which is right outside Austin — but could be a million miles away for the difference in funding and the facility — which is right next to the town incinerator. Ashley explains […]

What is that Black Gunk in Your Dog’s Ears?

December 12, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-12-2022) #809B: Tracie’s own vet — Dr. Linda Morris of West Mountain Animal Hospital in Bennington, Vermont — discusses the topic of Tracie’s most popular blog ever about black gunk in dogs’ ears, explaining where it comes from and what you can do about it. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Who Doesn’t Want to Watch a Baby Gorilla Cam?!

December 12, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-12-2022) #809A: Tommi Wolfe Executive Director of GRACE Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center in the Eastern Congo, shares a webcam from her sanctuary. The gorilla webcam beams out from one of the most remote places on earth, in the heart of the Congo basin. There is also a touching […]

Christmas in Blue Dog Valley

December 5, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-05-2022) #808C: Annie England Noblin’s new book “Christmas in Blue Dog Valley” is a sweet tale of a Los Angeles veterinarian who impulsively buys a clinic in a rural area and the challenges she has to overcome as an outsider. Annie discusses how the story is about starting over in […]

“Aggressive” is a Dangerous Word to Use

December 5, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-05-2022) #808B: Dr. Sarah Cutler, a housecall vet who runs The Behavior Clinic for Dogs & Cats in Northern Westchester, is often called in to help solve “aggressive dog” problems, but she cautions against using incorrect words like “aggressive” that demonize dogs and don’t get to the root of the […]

The Boy and the Dog

December 5, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-05-2022) #808A: Alison Watts, translator from the Japanese for Seishu Hase’s novel “The Boy and the Dog,” talks about the challenges of interpreting another person’s writing, especially from one culture to another. In this case, the profound human-animal bond theme of this allegorical novel supersedes differences in language or culture. […]

Waggle Foundation Fundraising

November 28, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-28-2022) #807C: Steven Mornelli, Founder and CEO of the Waggle Foundation, explains how they provide a non-profit crowdfunding platform on the internet to raise funds for medical care for animals that might otherwise be euthanized for economic reasons. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL