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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What was Ground Zero Really Like for the Rescue Dogs?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-10-2022) #800A: On the recent anniversary of September 11th, Dr. Amy Attas (the New York City house call veterinarian who owns City Pets) wrote a beautiful piece for USA Today about her experience tending to the Search & Rescue dogs who were brought to Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attack. She and Tracie discuss the low morale for the dogs and their handlers when there were no bodies — alive or dead — to recover, as well as the health challenges to the veterinary team as well as all the other volunteers and emergency services workers.