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

DOG TALK® Interviews with authors, pet experts and animal welfare advocates from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs, cats and wildlife.

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.

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From High Flying Executive to Donkey Rescuer

#827C: How did Ron King go from being That Guy who wears a Gucci swimsuit to sit by the pool (by himself!), to managing Oscar’s Place Donkey Adoption Center & Sanctuary in Northern California? As a lifelong donkey lover and owner, Tracie saw Ron’s photos in Johanna Siegmann’s gorgeous book, “In Good Company (Notable People with Their Pets)” and had to find out for herself.

“Spray & Play” — Pest Control Without Chemicals

#827B: Stephanie Boone, the Founder of the company Wondercide, talks about having created natural alternatives to spraying chemicals on pets, property and people so they can be safely pest-free. Steph created the saying “Spray and Play” because Wondercide products are so safe that kids and pets can be right in the yard while it’s being treated against ticks, fleas and other bothersome insects.

Very British Essays on Dogs

#827A: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan talks about commissioning and editing (with fellow essayist Jessica L. Lee) their fascinating book “Dog Hearted: Essays on Our Fierce and Familiar Companions,” which Tracie found markedly different from the way Americans tend to memorialize their dogs in literature.

#826B: Jennifer Wheeler is the owner with her husband of NYC Doggies and they’ve written a book called “Whole Dog Parenting: Everything You Need to Raise and Train an Urban Pup” to help city people — and even those with more grass than concrete under their paws! — to be the best dogs they can.

Supporting That One Lonely Cat Trapper

#826C: Community Cats Podcast founder, producer, and host Stacy LeBaron celebrates their 500th episode and how she started out to support that one lonely TNR trapper and the one cat needing rescue and that is still her mission — while holding multiple online seminars and courses for thousands of cat rescuers.

Awe Inspiring Photos of People and Their Pets

#826A: Johanna Seigmann is the photographer and chronicler of “In Good Company (Notable People and their Pets)” her book that celebrates in photographic essays the human-animal bond and way beyond dogs and cats to include snakes, rats, parrots and donkeys.

Animal Action Wellness Comes to Vermont in a Big Way

#825C: Bob Galvin — newly hired Director of Animal Action Wellness for (Tracie’s) state of Vermont talks about a lifetime of working on behalf of animals and how his first order of business in Vermont is to lobby in the Vermont House of Representatives for alternatives to wild animal trapping, which is not only cruel to those victims but has recently caused devastating deaths to pet dogs walking with their people.

Animal Welfare Research Doctor Doing Outreach on the Streets

#825B: Veterinarian Dr. Ari Aycock-Williams, Executive Director of the Department of Animal Resources at USC, describes the emotional challenges and rewards of being a Project Street Vet in Los Angeles and Venice Beach. She has an additional degree, ACLAM, in the oversight of animal welfare in research and explains how animal research is done with oversight, honoring the animals that are used.

The Elephants Are STILL in Her Kitchen!

#825A: Renowned for her marvelous previous memoir (“An Elephant in My Kitchen”) Francoise Malby-Anthony speaks from her elephant sanctuary in South Africa about her newest memoir “The Elephants of Thula Thula,” about the challenging effects of the Covid pandemic on her conservation efforts.

There is a Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association to Combat Lack of Diversity

#824C: Dr. Marie Sato Quicksall is a founding board member and past president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association, who wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of five. She hopes that if students see people of color in the veterinary professions they’ll be encouraged to follow their own love of pets into the field.