DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows. This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.
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
Michael Shikashio (AggressiveDog.com) on dog attack suffered by New York Times journalist Susanne Craig; saluting World wildlife day March 3rd; tips for "winterizing your pet"
Her Heart Dog Novel
Pamela Houston reads from Sighthound; Hounds Town USA, a doggy daycare in Pt. Jefferson; Stacy LeBaron (Community Cats Podcast) on upcoming educational online conferences
Humane Pet Food
Laura Clark (MEATME) on making Certified Organic/Certified Humane raw meals for dogs & cats, aggressive dogs on leash and off; Kerry D'Amato (Pet Haven) on cat rescue idea from pandemic
Dog Breaks Record
Dangers of unleashed dogs; Emily Larlham on her Guinness World Records title "Most Tricks Performed by 2 dogs in 1 minute"; matching volunteers with fostering & transport opportunities
Pets Help Health
Dr. Margit Muller (Your Pet, Your Pill) on dealing with negativity as a woman in United Arab Emirates; Dog Aging Project; CatWater: special drinking water for cats' urinary tract health
Belinda Alexandra (The Divine Feline)
Belinda Alexandra dispels notion of "crazy cat ladies" in The Divine Feline; pet industry is forward-looking with sustainability and recycling; make guardianship plans for pet cat
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Entertaining, interesting and annoying at the same time
Hotchner is super-opinionated, so she's fun to listen to. But sometimes her opinions can grate on the nerves, especially when she talks more than the great guests she has on. She sometimes openly disagrees with vets she has on (her actual credentials are murky) especially when it comes to what to feed a dog. She insists all kibble, no matter how high quality, is bad as a main food. I know plenty of experts who think that's bunk. If, like anything else, you take her ideas and put them into the mix, then make your own decisions, the podcast is lively and entertaining. And she does seem to care a lot about about the welfare of dogs.
Whether I agree with her opinions or not truly doesn’t matter. I simply can no longer abide Tracie Hotchner’s rudeness. She invites amazing guests and spends her entire time on-air with them spouting off, over summarizing, answering her own questions, and barely allowing guests any semblance of a chance to get an edgewise word in. I listened longer than I should have because I enjoyed book recommendations, but every time I listened, Hotchner made me want to throw my phone in frustration. Seriously, Hotchner, learn some interview tactics (and some manners wouldn’t hurt either).
Unfortunately this podcast is a waste of time. They do invite some special guests who have written great books but Tracy keeps criticizing most of them telling them what she thinks and how things should be according to her. Like the interview to Chopra's son in which she had the audacity to ask him if he knew that dogs could be house-trained! She is very rude and disrespectful and she supports the purchase of puppies! The worst episode is 10-15-2010 when she interviewed a supposed "trainer" who refuses to adopt a dog and encourages people to buy a puppy instead.
I think that it's a shame that a woman like Tracy doesn't take advantage of the great guests that she sometimes has and she just wastes everybody's time talking about superficial stuff and her ignorant opinions.