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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Using Therapy Dogs for Children with Autism

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-23-2019) #615: Featuring Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova, “Anonymous”, and Shelly Roche. Tracie talks to Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova at Texas Tech University who is researching the use of therapy dogs for children with Autism spectrum disorders, and the concept that being able to play with the therapy dog IS the reward; “Anonymous” talks to Tracie about what was involved in his role as the undercover investigator for the HSUS at the animal research lab where Beagles are being force-fed pesticides for a year before being killed to be studied; Shelly Roche talks about her feline non-profit Tiny Kittens, and the film they made about an old feral cat named Mason, who is a nanny to their foster kittens.

BREAKING NEWS: Following Humane Society of the U.S. investigation, Dow AgroSciences agreed to stop tests on the 36 beagles! In this show you will hear the undercover investigator Tracie interviewed before this welcome news, and next week she will interview Kitty Block, the HSUS director, about how they achieved this momentous change.