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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Dog Talk #360 (2/22/2014)

Dog Talk (2/22/2014) #360: Tracie “interviews herself” to encourage people in the world of animals to stop judging, chastising and being indignant with others who have differing beliefs but still pursue a passion for pets in their own ways — explaining that she explores the “gray areas” in the animal universe because they all have a shared interest in the animals — humane organizations and responsible breeders care in their own way about pet welfare, and groups like the AKC, HSUS, AVMA, pet food companies, vegans and rescue groups should respect and be kind to each other for the same reason; Chris Walkowicz (author of Dog Show Judging: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) returns to evaluate the judging of the Westminster Dog Show and why Sky, the Wire Fox Terrier was a worthy winner against the dogs she beat: the Bloodhound, Miniature Pinscher, Poodle, Irish Water Spaniel, Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Portuguese Water Dog (President Obama’s family breed); Dr. Benjamin Hart, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis, explains his ground-breaking research financed by the AKC Canine Health Foundation indicating that dogs that are spayed or neutered before 12 months of age have e a higher incidence of cancer and joint problems (something Tracie has discussed over the years as early indicators did suggest a correlation that Dr. Hart’s work has confirmed). Over 65,000 people have viewed his results and you can too. Two press releases refer to his work: Health Implications in Early Spay and Neuter in Dogs; AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Continued Funding for Research into Health Implications of Early Spay and Neuter in Dogs (See for links.)