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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Shelter’s Most Deserving Dogs Get Ice Cream Cones

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-11-2019) #622: Featuring Dave Barry, Carol Novello, and Allie Andrukonis. The wonderfully funny Dave Barry reads from his new book “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog;” Carol Novello, who created the “Mutual Rescue” film series, talks about her book “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too,” describes what “compassion management” is in her role as a shelter director, and how pets bring us together and heal us as people; Allie Andrukonis discusses her Phd thesis on “compassion fatigue” in euthanasia-related decisions – the “caring/killing paradox” – and the differences in shelter workers’ experiences in municipal vs. private shelters. She is also a regular volunteer at a shelter, where she indulges in regular outings with the “most deserving” dog each week — and takes that dog out for an ice cream cone!