Thank you New York Cat Lovers for a Sold Out 4th Annual NY Cat Film Festival!

Dog lovers are already meeting the challenge and buying out tickets — so the Village East theater is opening up a second screen! I’ll be there again this coming Sunday October 24th at Noon to kick off Saving Senior Dogs Week with the 6th Annual NY Dog Film Festival. Buy tickets here! What a delight […]

We’re All Sad to be Missing the Cat Film Festival – But a Ray of Hope!

We’re All Sad to be Missing the Cat Film Festival – But a Ray of Hope! I got this note from Jeanne in New York City, who I think sums up how we’re all feeling. “I’ve been to every one of the Cat Film Festivals in New York City. In fact, one year you told […]

Gorgeous Books for Glorious Films

Gorgeous Books for Glorious Films Every year I give a gift to each of the filmmakers whose films have been chosen for the Cat Film Festival and the Dog Film Festival – and what better way to salute their artistry than to be able to with a book of equal excellence? As luck would have […]

DogSpot: Temperature-controlled Dog Houses on City Sidewalks

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-03-2019) #634: Featuring Mirah Horowitz, Samantha Suiter, and Chelsea Brownridge. Mirah Horowitz has been at the helm of Lucky Dog Rescue in Washington, D.C. for years, moving dogs from South Carolina and Puerto Rico to waiting volunteer families — which is the subject of “The Lucky Ones,” a film in […]

Film Festivals Coming to Berkshires—and I’m Coming, Too!

The Film Festivals are Coming to the Berkshires – and I’m Coming, Too! I’m pretty darned happy that my local independent art house movie theater, Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is going to be hosting my NY Cat Film Festival this coming Saturday May 4th at 1 PM (with 2 different programs), and then on […]

Anguished About Buying a Puppy

I got an enthusiastic message from Jenny, whose young daughter Brooks “is obsessed with dogs & would love to go to Dog Film Festival. Is it playing in our area? We live in Beacon NY & have family we visit in the Berkshires.” I wrote Jenny back to say she was in luck — that […]

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat is Bringing Joy to Cat Lovers & Shelters Nationwide

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat is Bringing Joy to Cat Lovers &  Shelters Nationwide I was filled with hopeful excitement last year when Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat — my “precious” devoted sponsor of  DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!) (my NPR radio show)  — encouraged me to create a cat film festival to give kitty cats their […]

Biting Commentary on Dog Ownership in New York City

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-01-2018) #586: Featuring Maeve Higgins, Guillermo from Iceland Pure, and Tucker from Dogs Playing for Life. Tracie reads the essay “Stormy with the Calm Eyes,” a biting commentary on dog ownership in New York City, from Maeve Higgins’ new book of essays MAEVE IN AMERICA: ESSAYS BY A GIRL FROM […]

Buzz in Chicago: Imminent Arrival of NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals™ !

The Buzz in Chicago: the Imminent Arrival of the NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals™ ! Pet lovers in the Windy City are about to have their socks blown off — because the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ is returning to town on Sunday April 29th , this time to The Patio Theater. There […]

Wheels of Hope

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-22-2016) #557R: Sara Baume’s extraordinary novel SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER has Tracie (and surely others) comparing Baume to James Joyce for creating a new language to depict the inner life of an Outsider, and his life on the run with a vicious dog he adopts and treasures; Brenda Sizer talks […]