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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Kitties Help Find a Cure for Multiple Myeloma

January 9, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-09-2023) #813B: Dr. Bruce Elsey, who privately owns his own proprietary litter and cat food company — Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat — talks about how the company has been contributing millions over the years to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to help find a cure for the type of cancer […]

Is it True the NIH is Corrupt and Operates Without Oversight?

January 9, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-09-2023) #813A: Congresswoman Nancy Mace of South Carolina discusses the letter she wrote to the National Institutes for Health (the NIH) along with members from both parties, demanding answers about the costly, cruel and unnecessary experiments they are doing on dogs. Tracie wants to know how it is possible there […]

The Cancer Vet Gets Cancer Herself — But It’s a Happy Story!

January 2, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-02-2023) #812B: Tracie feels it’s odd to say how much she laughed and enjoyed Dr. Renee Alsaraff’s heartwarming memoir “Sit, Stay Heal: What Dogs Teach Us About Living Well” because it’s about cancer. But there is humor and wisdom throughout the inspirational book as Dr. Renee relates to the pet […]

Animals Get Fat & Overeat, Too!

January 2, 2023

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-02-2023) #812A: Barbara Natterson-Horowitz talks about the chapter entitled “Fat Planet” in her book “Zoobiquity: the Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health,” which describes how overeating and obesity exists in the animal kingdom, too. It’s not just us! What can we learn from animals about the serious problem of […]

Dr. Buzby and Her “Toe Grips” for Senior Dogs

December 26, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-26-2022) #811B: Dr Julie Buzby in South Carolina patented a unique, life-changing product she designed: little rubber tips that fit over older dogs’ toenails so they don’t slide and skitter on hard floors. Tracie also praises Dr Buzby’s newsletter that offers valuable advice for making life safer and more pleasant […]

Teens in Foster Care Join Austin Pets Alive!

December 26, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-26-2022) #811A: Alexis Telfair-Garcia (the Social Work Program Development Manager at Austin Pets Alive!) has a unique role of bridging support for companion animals and their people, who may face challenges like homelessness, unemployment, cost of veterinary care, mental illness, and hospitalization. In addition they are spearheading a new internship […]

Out of Litter Box (OLB) Problems? Call the Housecall Vet!

December 26, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-26-2022) #811C: Dr Sarah Cutler, who makes house calls from her clinic in Northern Westchester, The Behavior Clinic for Dogs & Cats, says she is called for multi-cat problems and aggression against humans, but the most frequent reason is for cats with OLB problems. She laughs that with all her […]

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