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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Black Veterinarian Owns 3 Clinics in Atlanta

#819A: Dr. Charles McMillan owns not just one but three GoodVets clinics in Atlanta. He talks about the advantages (in an almost 50% Black city) of offering veterinary care in neighborhoods where his clients live, he looks like them, and they feel valued and welcome.

2 Crazy Cat Ladies

#818C: Jae & Adrienne are the 2 Crazy Cat Ladies whose informational website and products they developed are designed to improve the lives of kitties everywhere.

Humans, Not Cats, Are the Greatest Threat to Other Species

#818B: Andrew Rowan, President of Wellbeing International, talks about the battle between wildlife conservation biologists and animal protectionists when the real problem is humans — who have historically threatened, and often exterminated — entire species of animals.

Compassion for Veterinarians

#818A: Joseph Hahn, Executive Director at Companion Animal & Equine Professional Services at Merck, talks about his personal journey from a dark place as a veterinarian practicing Emergency medicine, to the supportive environment at Merck, where they have underwritten 3 years of “Clear Blueprint” for Not One More Vet (NOMV) to instill compassionate working conditions for veterinarians and staff everywhere.

One Woman’s Holistic Pet Store Famous for its Integrity

#817C: Tracie wants to know Johnna Devereaux’s secret in becoming renowned in the pet industry for Fetch RI, her one-off boutique shop in Rhode Island where people flock for her nutrition and wellness advice and personally curated products.