DOG TALK® (and Kitties Too!) on

icon of side silhouette of dog and cat drawn inside the dog Tracie Hotchner the Radio Pet Lady

DOG TALK® features Tracie’s interviews with authors, pet experts and animal welfare advocates from around the world, discussing practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs, cats, other pets, wildlife and the natural world.

The show broadcasts from WLIW FM 88.3 in Southampton, the only NPR station on Long Island, reaching from the East End 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.

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Dog Story Makes Her a Moth StorySLAM Winner

#878B: Annie Abel explains how she happened to make an appearance at a Moth event and wowed everybody with the story in her memoir “Mattie, Milo and Me” – of never wanting a dog but then adoring the one she got for her son.

Do You Have a Fetching Cat?

#878A: Doctoral candidate Jemma Forman at the University of Sussex is co-author of a peer-reviewed study of 1,154 cats from around the globe who play fetch with their owners. Tracie asks: What does it mean for a cat to be “dog-like?”

Dementia in Dogs

#877B: Dr. Stephanie McGrath, associate professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been studying dog and cat dementia and discusses what they have learned so far.

“Never Leave the Dogs Behind”

#877A: Brianna Madia’s memoir “Never Leave the Dogs Behind” describes the rollicking nomadic life she has led with her family — a pack of dogs!

Grey-Muzzle Love

#876B: Lisa Rimmert’s memoir “Stay: My Forever Friendship with an Aging Dog” is a gentle tale of staying by a dog’s side as his muzzle becomes gray and they head into the twilight of their years.

An Unlikely Dog Sport Competitor

#876A: Tommy Hyde, the director of “Underdog” streaming on Amazon Prime & Apple TV, talks about the protagonist of his film, a “hanging-on-by-a-thread” Vermont dairy farmer with a pack of German Shorthaired Pointer sled dogs he dreams of racing in the Iditarod.

Why Being a Vet Can Be So Hard

#875B: Dr. Brian Bourquin, the new Board President of NOMV — talks about why “Not One More Vet” is needed because of the high suicide rate in the profession because of psychological pressures on DVM’s, who are naturally empathetic perfectionists, dealing with social media bashing.

“Killer Secrets”

#875A: Kathleen Donnelly talks about her newest National Forest K-9 thriller, “Killer Secrets,” featuring HRD (Human Remains Detection) dogs and other tracking dogs, trained and handled by volunteers, that can apprehend even a wily serial killer.

Pet Insurance, Absolutely! But Which One?

#874B: Dr. Ricky Walther is the Chief Medical Advisor at Pawlicy Advisor which offers an unbiased assessment of pet insurance companies — with an objective free personalized comparison of what each company can offer you.

A Wonderfully Scary Canine Thriller

#874A: Alex Kava discusses “Midnight Creed” her 8th (!) book in the best-selling series, this one touching on social issues like homelessness while keeping us in suspense about Ryder Creed and his wonderful working dog.