Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB 88.3 FM in the Hamptons, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 650 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. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM "Robinhood Radio" in Sharon, Connecticut and Radio Cobleskill WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM in Cobleskill, New York. NPR Logo

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Dog Talk #382 (8/02/2014)

Dog Talk (and Kitties, Too!)

Dog Talk (8/02/2014) #382: Wayne Cavanaugh is president of the United Kennel Club, which holds dog shows which are more than “beauty pageants” and in which dogs have to perform in various arenas — their motto being “real dogs for real people” — and discusses the serious health problems that have evolved in generations of breeding dogs for looks alone; Dr. Alice Villalobos in California is known around the world for her work in quantifying a pet’s quality of life and in handling end of life decisions and guarding against “the mindless machinery of medicine” that might dictate medical intervention when compassionate “pawspice” is in the pet’s best interest; find out what Becky Miller (puppy instructor at Canine Companions for Independence) means when she explains why more than half these carefully bred and raised dogs do not succeed in graduating to become service dogs: “Because we ask them not to be dogs.”