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. Also available on Amazon podcasts and Audible. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Jeoffrey – The Poet’s Cat

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-14-2022) #805A: Oliver Soden (“Jeoffrey — The Poet’s Cat”) joins Tracie from London, explaining that Jeoffrey is a common cat’s name in England in honor of the renowned cat belonging to the esteemed British poet Christopher Smart. This book is the imagined biography of that cat, who goes from being a companion to prostitutes in bordellos, to becoming a muse for Christopher Smart in the insane asylum where he spent long periods — in particular, inspiring a poem extolling the virtues of cats, well known by the many poetry lovers in Great Britain.