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® 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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Who Rescued Whom?

#855A: Grant Hayter-Menzies talks about his memoir “Freddie: The Rescue Dog Who Rescued Me” and how their two-way street of unconditional love got them both through the tough times.

Military Working Dogs Come Home

#855C: Bob Bryant Mission discusses his K9 Rescue that rehabilitates, repatriates and [when appropriate] finds homes with former military K9 handlers for MWDs whose military service has ended.

The Manhattan Killer Dog Pack

#855B: Tracie talks to trainer Annie Phenix — author of “Positive Reinforcement for Aggressive and Reactive Dogs” — about dog-on-dog attacks and the horror of a pack of German Shepherds kept by a bookstore owner on the Upper East Side of New York, who allowed her dogs to terrorize small dogs and finally to kill one.

“Who’s a Good Dog? How to Be a Better Human”

#855A: Ethologist Jessica Pierce’s new book “Who’s a Good Dog? How to Be a Better Human” exhorts us to meet a dog where they stand. Accept them for who they are — appreciate the neuro-diversities of dogs as we now do with children.

An Autistic Boy and His Quest to Win a Dog Show

#853C: Kate Foster in Australia discusses how she and her son are both autistic, which inspired her to write “All the Small Wonderful Things.”

Debunking Pet Nutrition Myths

#853B: Nationally acclaimed pet nutrition expert Ryan Yamka debunks myths about pet foods — particularly that “senior” foods and “keto diets” have no basis in nutrition science, says the man who in 2020 won the Pet Science Pet Industry Disruptor Award.

The Hidden Language of Cats

#853A: From England, Sarah Brown talks about her newest book “The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have us at Meow” and how cats actually only meow to people, not other cats!

Antelope Pets Amasses a Pet Wellness Portfolio

#852B: Wendy Wen talks about being a woman entrepreneur in the pet industry, carefully buying brands like Bocce’s Bakery, Ark Naturals, and Super Snouts to infuse them with venture capital and help them grow to the next level, while retaining the original founders and team behind those companies.

Biden’s Dog Troubles Are Bigger Than the (Way too Many) Bites

852A: Widely respected political author and columnist Matt Bai talks about his recent opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled “Master and Commander: Biden’s Dog Troubles Hint at a Larger Problem,” about the multiple uncontrolled biting attacks by Biden’s German Shepherd Commander, which Tracie views as irresponsible and immoral dog ownership and which Bai views as the danger and seduction of entitlement that can come with sitting in the Oval Office.

Does Your Dog Want to be a Movie Star?

#851B: Peta Hitchens in Australia talks about her movie “Filming Dogs” that will be in the upcoming 8th Annual NY Dog Film Festival, and the question she asks herself and others who have performing dogs: “Do they really want to be doing this or are you doing it for yourself?”