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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A New Way to Conquer Arthritis Pain

#835B: Dr Sharon L. Campbell, ​DVM, MS, DACVIM, is the Medical Affairs Lead on Canine Chronic Pain at Zoetis, where they have developed Librela, a once-monthly injectable monoclonal antibody treatment for the control of canine osteoarthritis, since 40% of dogs of ALL ages have signs of OA.

The Vet Clinic Should Be Fear-Free

#835A: Dr. Marty Becker spent years consulting with veterinary behaviorists to come up with the guidelines for vets, vet-techs and vet assistants to get certified in his Fear Free program — making the doctor visit much less stressful for your dog and cat.

A Refuge for Camels & Alligators

#834C: Martha Frassica-Rivera runs the Everglades Outpost wildlife refuge and rehab, where Dr. Doug Mader — Tracie’s co-host on EXOTIC PETS — performs medical high-wire acts like jaw surgery on a 9-foot alligator — which you can watch on the website video!

When Your Own Dog Attacks Your Other Dog

#834B: Megan Bunting, a dog trainer in Branford, CT, talks about a client whose dog (who happened to be an otherwise sweetheart Pitbull, a breed hard-wired to fight) viciously attacked her canine housemate, who happened to be an Australian Cattle dog — another high-drive breed.

New Ways to Find & Treat Canine Cancer

#834A: Dr Charles Garvin from the AKC Canine Health Foundation discusses grants they have funded for studies of innovative new ways to detect and treat cancer.

Surprise Winner of a MissionMeow Grant

#833B: Terry Taflinger of the Animal Protection Association talks about the life-changing grant they received from MissionMeow — the crowd-sourcing non profit — and how they are putting the donation to work.

Triple Crown Horses Dying to Run

#833A: Wayne Pacelle, the founder of Animal Wellness Action, talks about the Belmont Stakes race next weekend and the travesty of young race horses dying needlessly as their owners chase Triple Crown glory and winnings.

Returning the Most Lost Kitties to Their People

#833C: Corrine Bourgoin — adoption supervisor and shelter operations manager at the MSPCA Boston — discusses how the shelter has achieved the highest return-to-owner rate of cats in the whole USA, 10 times higher than the rest of the country!

Crowd-Sourcing Bigger Donations to Cat Rescue

#832C: Sally Williams created MissionMeow (in which Tracie is a partner) to accumulate many smaller donations to a cat welfare group so that one larger donation could go farther to make a substantial material difference in their work.

If Cats Are Talking, Who Are They Talking To?

#832B: Jonathan Losos returns to discuss his book “The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa” and the unanswered question about when cats do talk. Is it to each other? To humans? Do we have any way to recognize what they are saying?