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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May is Mental Health Month

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-01-2022) #777: Featuring Julia Hansen, Janessa Vanden Berge, and Dr. RuthAnn Lobos. College student Julia Hansen — who founded Yellow Tulip Project when she was a teenager concerned about friends taking their own lives — kicks off May, the Mental Health Month, by partnering with Merrick Pet Care to raise awareness and get the stigma of mental health issues “out of the dog house” with her Tails & Tulips Project; Janessa Vanden Berge, is the Child Life Specialist at CHOC the pediatric health care system in Orange County, California, where she is the handler of Odessa, a black Labrador trained at Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), who is also a full time employee of the hospital in the unit dedicated to children’s mental health; Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, the lead veterinarian for Merrick Pet Care, talks about having just run the Boston Marathon and how her own canine athletes were by her side as she trained.