Get Your Cat’s Consent Before Petting

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (03-29-2023) #0137: Does your cat really want to be stroked? And if so, where on their body? In what way? And for how long? Zazie Todd, author of “PURR: the Science of Making Your Cat Happy” explains why touching your cat should not be your decision […]

Veterinarian to Those That Slither & Fly

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-13-2023) #821B: Dr. Doug Mader wrote the surprising story of how he started out as a vet by opening a clinic in a dodgy neighborhood in “The Vet at Noah’s Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital” — as an exotic pet specialist, with the rollicking tales of […]

Robo the Tracking Dog Returns

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-06-2023) #820A: Margaret Mizushima’s newest Timber Creek K-9 mystery “Standing Dead” has plot twists and turns you won’t expect as it celebrates the relationship between working dog and handler. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

The British Declared Wellbeing as a Right for All Animals

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-27-2023) #819B: Zazie Todd (author of “PURR” and “WAG”) explains the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness which was published in the UK in 2012. It applies the concept to all animals that they have emotions, awareness of their surroundings and need to have positive experiences. Tracie asks how the US could […]

The Five Freedoms

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (02-22-2023) #0132: Zazie Todd — author of “PURR: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy” — wants people to know what animal welfare groups in the United Kingdom call the Five Freedoms, which consist of freedom from conditions that might surprise you.   MP3 Audio [15 […]

“Love, Clancy” Really is the Diary of a Good Dog

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-16-2023) #813A: Bruce Cameron, a most beloved author of books about great dogs (“A Dog’s Purpose”) has created a canine character who is irresistible — along with a lot of hilariously dysfunctional people whose lives Clancy shares. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Art of Kitten Raising

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (01-11-2023) #0126: Tracie’s longtime cat-loving pal Sally Bahner (“The Art of Kitten Raising”) has written a lovely book about “bringing up baby,” explaining all the ways you can get a kitten off to a happy healthy start in life. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow URL

Get That Puppy INTO Bed With You!

Good Dogs! (01/04/2023) #6120: One suggestion that surprised Tracie in Stephanie Rousseau’s book “How to Raise a Puppy: Dog-Centric Approach” was to invite a new puppy into your bed. Steph explains how co-sleeping is normal and healthy for all mammals — and that dogs are proven to be “social sleepers.” So why deny a new […]

Cate Conte’s Novel “Gone But Not Furgotten” for the Holidays!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (12-21-2022) #0123: Cate Conte’s newest Cat Cafe mystery revolves around the death of a cat hoarder and community antipathy towards her.  

Christmas in Blue Dog Valley

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-05-2022) #808C: Annie England Noblin’s new book “Christmas in Blue Dog Valley” is a sweet tale of a Los Angeles veterinarian who impulsively buys a clinic in a rural area and the challenges she has to overcome as an outsider. Annie discusses how the story is about starting over in […]