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 […]

Undercover Video of Puppy Abuse at NYC Store

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-16-2017) #553: Kathleen Summers — Director of Outreach & Research for the Puppy Mill Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States –– discusses the HSUS undercover video of abuses at a NYC puppy store; Elyise Hallenbeck, Director of Development for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals –– which […]

Cat & Dog Film Festivals Coming to NYC This Weekend!

My Cat & Dog Film Festivals Are Coming To NYC This Weekend! I am more excited than I was as a three-year-old when there was a clown and pony rides at my birthday party! In 48 hours my NY Cat and Dog Film Festivals are going to take over the SVA Theatre in Chelsea and […]

Jackson Galaxy, Dog/Cat Film Festival Entries

DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (12-02-2017) #552: Get to know all more about one of the great cat lovers, Jackson Galaxy [from the TV show “My Cat From Hell”] who talks with Tracie about the arc of his life, and the wisdom in his new book TOTAL CAT MOJO: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIFE WITH […]