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Host Kate Leaver is joined by her favourite living creature, Battersea rescue Shih tzu, Bert. He is compensated for his editorial work in cheese. She asks her guests endearingly specific questions about their dogs, like the most expensive thing they’ve ever destroyed, where they sleep at night and whether they’ve ever done anything noble, embarrassing or hilarious. Also: how they’ve changed lives, what effect they have on our mental health and whether they play family members off each other to get double dinners. A spectrum of silly and poignant topics.

Who's a Good Dog Kate Leaver & Stripped Media

    • Kids & Family
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Host Kate Leaver is joined by her favourite living creature, Battersea rescue Shih tzu, Bert. He is compensated for his editorial work in cheese. She asks her guests endearingly specific questions about their dogs, like the most expensive thing they’ve ever destroyed, where they sleep at night and whether they’ve ever done anything noble, embarrassing or hilarious. Also: how they’ve changed lives, what effect they have on our mental health and whether they play family members off each other to get double dinners. A spectrum of silly and poignant topics.

    Marlee Silva with Ziggy & Piper the dogs

    Marlee Silva with Ziggy & Piper the dogs

    When Kate asked author Marlee Silva to come on this episode, she said it was “the best idea for a podcast” she’d ever heard. Marlee is a Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman who launched a social media initiative called Tiddas 4 Tiddas to celebrate Indigenous Australian women and girls. She hosts a podcast about First Nations role models called Always Our Stories and one about sport called Chicks and Balls. She has more podcasts still to be revealed! Her first and bestselling book, My Tidda, My Sister was published by Hardie Grant. She also, importantly, lives with two magnificent dogs called Piper and Ziggy. She tells Kate the hilarious story of how her sister brought their second dog into the family home, what mental health support they provide, and the most embarrassing thing they’ve ever done. 


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
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    • 36 min
    Jon Ronson with Josie & Floppy the dogs

    Jon Ronson with Josie & Floppy the dogs

    Kate is joined by her favourite male author, Jon Ronson. Jon is a Welsh-born journalist living outside New York, and he’s written several highly acclaimed global bestsellers including The Psychopath Test, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He hosted podcasts The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August. He also, importantly, presented a documentary about the time pop star Robbie Williams became obsessed with UFOs. His first book, Them: Adventures With Extremists, is (sadly) more relevant than ever. Jon has two wonderful dogs, called Josie and Floppy, one of whom once saved the other’s life. Jon tells Kate why Josie reminds him of Anthony Hopkins, how they both respond to a crisis, and the elaborate skits Jon does on behalf of the dogs.


    If you need more Jon in your life (we all do), check out his website, follow his escapades on Twitter, and search for pictures of his dogs in snow boots on his Instagram. 


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
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    • 34 min
    Peter Mutabazi with Simba & Rafiki the dogs

    Peter Mutabazi with Simba & Rafiki the dogs

    Kate is genuinely honoured to speak to foster father Peter Mutabazi for this episode. Peter has an astonishing story: he ran away from his abusive father in Uganda when he was just 10 years old and decided to repay the kindness once shown to him by getting into the foster care system. He now lives in South Carolina, where he shares his experience being a single dad with more than 120,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube. He’s given a safe, loving home to 16 foster kids over the years but currently lives with his adopted son Anthony, three other children and two dogs. He tells Kate about how two enormous puppies called Simba and Rafiki have changed their lives, his wish to give every kid living with trauma a dog, and who exactly does all the dog-related chores in the household. 


    Please! Follow Peter on Instagram and watch his lovely videos on YouTube. You can buy a plushie dog for someone, too, and another will be given to a child who needs one. And you can sign up for updates on Peter’s work here. 


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 36 min
    Pragya Agarwal & Taylor the dog

    Pragya Agarwal & Taylor the dog

    Kate is delighted to spend this episode with highly respected academic Pragya Agarwal. Pragya has written several terrific books, including (M)otherhood: On The Choices of Being a Woman, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias and Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking With Children About Race. She is a behavioural scientist and a professor of social inequities. She also! Has a magnificent elderly rescue dog called Taylor. She tells Kate about the time Taylor stole an important cake, how he saved her during a difficult time, and what his stance is on his feline housemate. 


    You should read more of Pragya’s work, which you can find on her website. Keep up with her many excellent points of view (and the occasional dog photo) on Twitter and Instagram. And get all her books.  


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 32 min
    Emma Watkins with Dali & Rupi the dogs

    Emma Watkins with Dali & Rupi the dogs

    Kate is the envy of kids everywhere for getting to speak to children’s entertainer Emma Watkins. Emma is the first female member of Australian kids band The Wiggles - who have had two billion views on YouTube, sold more than seven million CDs and 23 million DVDs, and perform live to an average of one million people a year. Emma is a trained dancer who’s famous for wearing a yellow skivvy, leading kids in easy-to-do dance routines and showing little girls they can aspire to be children’s entertainers too. She spent some time inside the costumes of Wiggles characters Wags the Dog and Dorothy the Dinosaur prior to joining the main lineup in 2013. She is extremely popular with Kate’s darling niece, Poppy, who will not be disturbed when she is watching The Wiggles on telly in Sydney. Emma has two flawless poodles called Dali and Rupi, who sat on her lap throughout the recording. Emma tells Kate all about the group dynamics of her many different animals, why her dogs are more often recognised at the park than she is, and how their household is actually run by a cat who behaves like Mariah Carey. 


    For the kids on your life, but also if you just like dance and joy and the colour yellow, follow Emma on Instagram, as well as on the main Wiggles account. Check out Emma, the rest of the Wiggles and four new supporting members in their new YouTube series Fruit Salad TV. 


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
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    • 33 min
    Zing Tsjeng & Judy the dog

    Zing Tsjeng & Judy the dog

    Kate is joined today by one of her favourite journalists: Zing Tsjeng. Zing is executive editor at Vice, presenter of documentaries including Empire of Dirt, and author of the brilliant book series Forgotten Women. She hosted a BBC podcast called United Zingdom, about whether she should give up her Singaporean passport to get a British one. She also… adopted a classically beautiful kokoni spaniel cross called Judy in 2020. Zing tells Kate the truth about Judy’s appearance on the front cover of Time Out London with drag race royalty Bimini Bon Boulash, how she behaves during office hours and what it took to get Judy from Cyprus during a global pandemic. 


    You can see exquisite pictures of Judy (and Zing) on Instagram and follow Zing on Twitter. You can support local book shops by getting all four of Zing’s Forgotten Women series on Bookshop.org.


    You can find Kate on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Her book, Good Dog, is published by Harper Collins in Australia, the US and the UK. 


    Who’s A Good Dog? is a Stripped Media podcast, produced by Arlie Adlington. 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 32 min

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