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. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Beautiful Poems About Dogs

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (01-30-2016) #458: Poet Kim Dower reads some of her beautiful poems about dogs, including “Why People Really Have Dogs” ( from her Red Hen Press collection “Slice of Moon” ( as well as from “Air Kissing on Mars” (; Jamie Berger, from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, talks about ARF’s renovated medical wing, a new transport center for incoming rescued pets; Dr Jonathan Goodwin — a veterinary cardiologist with his own practice serving the Tri-state area — explains the sort of heart problems that affect dogs and how to diagnose and manage them.