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Short Descriptions of Dog Talk® Shows
Dog Talk (12/07/2013) Tracie reads a fascinating letter from a listener who has a unique perspective on “adopting from the South” because she went to pick up her dog from a poor rural Southern shelter; adventurer/explorer Tim Cope recounts his extraordinary voyage on horseback with dog by his side, retracing Genghis Khan's steps in ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins talks about the lower value we put on cats in our society and whether we can do anything to raise their status.
Dog Talk (11/30/2013) Greg Berns talks about new ways to comprehend our canine's emotions in his new book HOW DOGS LOVE US; Dr. Richard Joseph is the neurologist at the Animal Specialty Center and talks about what his work entails; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, tells the tale of his two newly adopted pets, Lily, a Beagle from a local Washington D.C. shelter and Zoe, the gorgeous loving kitty who showed up on his doorstep soon after.
Dog Talk (11/23/2013) Sue Halpern's book A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is inspiring people across the country to join the ranks of therapy dogs; Tracie discusses the how and whys of the dangers of Chinese chicken jerky with veterinary clinician Dr. Urs Giger, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Metabolic Genetics Laboratory, where they have been testing urine samples for Falconi Syndrome potentially caused by jerky treats, going back to 2006; Tony Corbo from the lobbying non-profit Food & Water Watch in Washington, D.C., sheds more light on the tainted chicken jerky treats from China by disclosing the financial and political background of the jerky issue. Food & Water Watch has documented Chinese factories that cannot pass inspections (when they allow them), and 5 different antibiotics found in these products — 4 of which are illegal in the U.S. and the 5th occurring in toxic quantities. Here's a recent New York Times article about the jerky.
Dog Talk (11/16/2013) Arnie Arluke talks about his book The Photographed Cat: Picturing Human-feline Ties 1890-1940 (Syracuse Univ Press) and what it tells us about cats in our society; Kerry Heuter, the veterinary internist at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York describes his “typical” 18-hour day, going from the Chinese Crested dog with something lodged in his esophagus to the “constipated” cat who actually had a tumor in his lungs; Mary Straus's little terrier had a life-threatening encounter with an Attack Raccoon right outside her own door in Northern California — she wrote about it in The Whole Dog Journal and shares the story and happy ending.
Dog Talk (11/09/2013) Michael McCann talks about the Greyhounds Project and all the wonderful adoption groups across the country helping to find happy homes for retired racing greyhound through adopt-a-greyhound,org; John Pilley is the wonderful man who became famous along with his Border Collie Chaser, whom he taught over 1,000 words and objects, all described in his book Chaser; Robert Blizzard is the proud director of the Norfolk, Virginia SPCA's successful campaign of Feral Cat Sundays that has allowed them to Trap-Neuter-Return over 1,000 feral cats they spayed with a grant from Petsmart charities.
Dog Talk (11/02/2013) Tracie is mad about Jincy Willett's social satire Amy Falls Down in which her Bassett Hound sets in motion a huge sea change for a reclusive writer; Corey Hudson from Canine Companion for Independence (cci.org) talks about the moral bankruptcy of people using fake service dog vests so they can take their doggies along with them, making life much harder for people with a true need for their service animals; Sharon Luttrell talks about her book Weekends with Daisy and sharing the raising of a service dog with the prisoner who trained her behind bars during the week.
Dog Talk (10/26/2013) Jennifer Holland's enchanting book Unlikely Loves has dazzling photos and stories of dogs and other animals falling in love with other species; Kristin Waters describes how ProjectBlueCollar.com celebrates adopted dogs with “cause collars” for the dogs and matching bracelets for their humans; Dr. Elsey talks about how his company's new litter Touch of the Outdoors includes wild grasses which provides environmental enrichment for a cat's keen sense of smell. (Dr. Elsey makes a donation to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation for every Precious Cat coupon you use.)
Dog Talk (10/19/2013) Adam Russ writes about the amazing young police bloodhound JJ in Bloodhound in Blue; Carey Neesley talks about how she brought back her brother's stray adopted dogs from the war zone in Welcome Home Mama & Boris; Dr. Mary Buelow is the veterinary dentist at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers NY and explains why a specialized dentist could be important for your pet's oral health — or even survival.
Dog Talk (10/12/2013) Becky Robinson from Alley Cat Allies talks about National feral Cat Day on Oct 16 and community involvement in the architecture of a neighborhood to accommodate cats; David Rosenfelt wrote Dogtripping:25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure, that describes his incredible hilarious adventure adopting dozens of older, hard-to-adopt dogs and then moving them from California to his new home on a lake in Maine; Julie Legred is head of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and extols the virtues of a profession you can start at age17 or 70.
Dog Talk (10/05/2013) Tracie talks about the “Take if Off Teddy!” weight loss program her youngest Weimaraner has been on with great success with Dr. Craig Datz from Royal Canin, that makes the High Protein Reduced Calorie food that has helped him lose over 15 pounds; Dr. Patrick Mahaney is a holistic acupuncture house call veterinarian in Los Angeles who has joined Tracie as her co-host on Cat Chat® & Dog Talk® on Tuesday nights on her Radio Pet Lady Network; Delia Ephron writes about the loss of her sister Nora in Sister Mother Husband Dog, Etc. — especially the dog!
Dog Talk (9/28/2013) Psychologist Nancy Davidson wrote The Secret Life of Lost Cats after following posters for lost cats to find out “the rest of the story;” L'il Bub is a baby-faced cat whose photos and videos on the internet have become a sensation and led to the new book L'il Bub's L'il Book by “her dude,” Mike Bridvasky; Florida-based pet nutrition specialist Jodi Ziskin advises people across the country about diet and supplement changes for their dogs and cats to maintain health and wellness.
Dog Talk (9/21/2013) Dermatology specialist Dr. Jeanne Budgin from the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York discusses managing your dog's allergies and the only reliable ways to test for them; Dr. Carlo Siracusa, head of the veterinary Behavior Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses severe separation anxiety and how psychiatric drugs made for dogs can help; John Bradshaw's book CAT SENSE and how it can make us all wiser and more compassionate companions to our pussycats.
Dog Talk (9/14/2013) Scott Stulen, Project Director of the super-popular Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (to which 10,000 people came for a second year running), discusses the phenomenon of online communities of people eagerly seeking out the opportunity to come together in "real life" to experience their shared interests together; Francesco Marciuliano reads hilarious poems by dogs in his book I Could Chew on This; Gordie Spater created the dog travel specialty company Kurgo and talks about how changing social attitudes to dogs as peoples' constant companions has led people to take their dogs with them everywhere, and to slowly embrace safety harnesses and barriers for dogs who "come along for the ride."
Dog Talk (9/07/2013) Dr. Kerry Heuter, a board-certified veterinary internist from the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York, talks about the four different treatments for hyper-thyroid disease, a common disorder of aging cats; Tracie talks to her old pal and now superstar "Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy about solving cat behavior problems on his hit TV show "My Cat from Hell" (and how using Tracie's favorite cat wand toy, Neko Flies, has helped solve many feline behavior riddles); first time author Cat Needham talks about the joys and challenges of being a first-time dog owner and choosing a big German Shepherd in Shepherd Girl.
Dog Talk (8/31/2013) Dr. Alice Villalobos is the award-winning Official Oncologist of DOG TALK®, who is now sharing her end-of-life knowledge about pets and her principles and philosophies about euthanasia with human thanatologists, who are interested in aiding humans at the end of their lives; Lance Weller's first book Wilderness is a sweeping and deeply moving epic about the Civil War, with a veteran and dog making their way afterwards; Allyson Halm from the Westchester rescue Adopt-a-Dog (which participated in the Pepe Infiniti Fur-ever Home adoption event at Westchester Mall with Tracie) talks about the true meaning of "no kill" in the shelter world and misplaced attitudes about it — and the growing for-profit trafficking in sickly dogs from the South, often bred purposely to be transported to the Northeast where unwitting adopters don't realize they have become part of a new kind of scam.
Dog Talk (8/23/2013) Matt Ziselman's book HOUNDED makes it clear why so many people (and especially other authors) have loved Dachshunds; Christine Lando from the Baltimore Humane Society discusses the "Pit 6" program about six pit bulls that were pulled from an abusive dog fighting operation and rehabilitated to become family dogs; Donald McCaig's MR AND MRS DOG is a rollicking tale of working Border Collies with the goal of entering the World Sheepdog trials in Wales.
Dog Talk (8/16/2013) Erin Hay talks about entries to the Nordic Naturals rescue pet contest and the heart-warming stories they received of adopted cats and dogs (check them out on my Facebook page!); holistic veterinarian Laurie Coger does acupuncture and chiropractic at Canine Camp Getaway, which has become a Special Friend of the Radio Pet Lady Network show Dog Travel Experts and has another fun session coming up Sept 21-24 where you stay in a real hotel room at Lake George and can do a wealth of fun things with your dog; Kate Kelly's book YOU LUCKY DOG highlights all the dogs who have made history in American culture and life.
Dog Talk (8/09/2013) Dr. Donna Spector (Tracie's co-host on The Radio Pet Lady Network show THE EXPERT VET) addresses the issue of a weight loss plan for Tracie's younger Weimaraner Teddy -- and helps formulate a reduced calorie diet using Royal Canin's High Protein Calorie Control food and Tracie launches the "Take it Off Teddy!" Campaign; William Braden's book HENRI LE CHAT NOIR is a delightful philosophical photographic journey befitting the subtitle: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat but is also one of the headliners at the 2nd Internet Cat Video Festival held by the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis on August 28th; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins speaks with Tracie about why some well-meaning but misinformed pet owners who are using diatomaceous earth (D.E.) either on their dogs or feeding it to them should be using topical parasite protection like Vectra against fleas, mosquitoes and ticks and a protective like Heartgard Plus against lung/heart worms.
Dog Talk (8/02/2013) Martha White's grandfather wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little but had a great love for dogs, and she has edited her grandfather's writings about dogs in E.B. White on Dogs; Nikki Moustaki talks about The Pet Postcard Project and helping animals in need through Halo and Freekibble.com; Vint Virga's book The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human explores our deep and spiritual connections to all animals.
Dog Talk (7/26/2013) Elizabeth Marshall Thomas wrote the huge best-seller The Hidden Life of Dogs and opened many eyes to what is really going on inside a dog's mind, and has now come out with a thrilling memoir of her fascinating life involving Africa as well as dogs, A Million Years with You; Donna Rawlins book Skinny the Cat is a heart-warming tale of how love can grow with patience and perseverance; Tracie talks about the power of pooches in marketing even products that have little to do with dogs, and talks to Mark Hersh from Pepe Infiniti in Westchester, who held a big dog adoption event with many local rescues at his dealership (#1 in the world!) and a huge social media following as a bonus.
Dog Talk (7-19-2013) Shawnee from Nordic Naturals tells of her shared love for donkeys with Tracie (who has two mini-donkeys, mother and daughter Mona and Lisa) and explains how going to the Rescue Pet photo contest on the Nordic Naturals Facebook page gives $1 for every vote to PAWS for Veterans, a non-profit group which places psychiatric service dogs with veterans; Susannah Charleson talks about her book The Possibility Dogs and her own experience with a service dog and others found in shelters and trained for important assistance tasks; Stacie from Weruva announces her love for dressing up her own cats (whose names Webster, Rudy and Vanessa formed the family company name) and she announces the upcoming “Kitties on the Catwalk” fun contest for people who want to put outfits, hats or wigs on their pussycats who like to dress up.
Dog Talk (7-12-2013) Marta Williams' book My Animal, My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other, adds a whole new dimension to how we perceive and experience our deep connection to our pets; Melanie Kahn is the Senior Director of the Puppy Mill Campaign at the Humane Society of the United States and confirms the allegations in the New York Times of an unholy alliance between puppy millers — mass producers of puppies of dubious genetic health born in horrendous circumstances — and the American Kennel Club, which claims to champion responsible breeders of quality show dogs (Read: HSUS Blog Post: TODAY Show Exposes Link Between Puppy Mills and the AKC); Southampton Shelter head trainer Aimee Sadler talks about the Playing for Life training event she is offering July 21st — an off-leash training session free to the public (but you need to make a reservation!) at the shelter on Flanders Road.
Dog Talk (7-05-2013) Victoria Stilwell is well known as the star of Animal Planet's long-running It's Me or the Dog but talks about branching out to work with law enforcement to understand the causes of severe aggression in dogs, while her new book Train Your Dog Positively tells dog owners how to solve easier behavior problems; Melissa Gillespie from Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Long Island talks about their special programs to bring and sustain senior shelter animals into the lives of seniors living at home or in assisted living; Dr. Laurie Coger (WholisticVet.com) is a certified veterinary chiropractor in Albany who describes how this alternative technique helps animals and describes how she loves to participate in the ultimate vacation with your dog at Canine Camp Getaway in Lake George, NY.
Dog Talk (6-28-2013) Dr. Jason Nicholas “The Preventive Vet” talks about transitioning from being a veterinary emergency care doctor (who saw Labradors who had eaten remote controls and cell phones) to dedicating himself to preventing those emergencies through his life-saving book 101 ESSENTIAL TIPS YOU NEED TO RAISE A HAPPY, HEALTHY SAFE DOG; THE CAT WHISPERER author Mieshelle Nagelschneider (with co-author Cameron Powell) talks about her C.A.T. Plan to see the world through your cat's eyes; Crystal Callahan from PAWS for Veterans (which places shelter dogs as psychiatric service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD) announces the launch of the Nordic Naturals Rescue Pets Photo Contest which will benefit PAWS for Veterans — upload your photos now and then vote for the finalists mid-July.
Dog Talk (6-21-2013) Dr. Jennifer Conrad began a crusade in Southern California to ban the cruel practice of declawing cats and calls her campaign of public education The Paw Project (PawProject.org),which grew out of her interventions to repair the paws of lions, tigers and other large cats which are her patients at a California sanctuary; Allan Goldstein's book Confessions of a Cat Junkie is a wonderful evocation of a cat's experience of the world as his protagonist has a long-distance journey; Patrick McDonnell's Mutts cartoons have been syndicated in hundreds of newspapers and are now gathered in an eye-popping book BONK! A Mutts Treasury! and also are free every day at MuttsComics.com.
Dog Talk (6-14-2013) Dr. Susan Ettinger -- also known as Dr Sue, The Cancer Vet (DrSueCancerVet.com) — is Tracie's co-host on the newest Radio Pet Lady Network radio show, The Pet Cancer Vet on Monday nights (7 PM ET/4 PM PT): they talk about the show, Dr. Sue's co-authorship of the indispensable The Dog Cancer Survival Guide and her consulting practice as the oncologist at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers; Mark Herthel runs the family business Platinum Performance (which Tracie and all the humans and animals in her family use daily) and talks about the trend towards understanding the value of supplementing a dog's diet for joint problems or for overall health and cognitive function; Rhoda Lerman's writing skills as a novelist engage readers in the magical mysteries of owning and breeding the majestic Newfoundland in her book In the Company of Newfies (which is no longer available in book stores but only on Amazon.com or from BlueHeavenBooks.com from whence Rhoda sends signed copies).
Dog Talk (6-07-2013) Richard Cohen writes about his wife Meredith Viera's habit of adopting "challenging" dogs in his hilarious book, I WANT TO KILL THE DOG; Caroline Paul's book LOST CAT is a gem of a story with marvelous illustrations about her high-tech attempts to discover where her kitty went when he was AWOL; Juliette Eisner's documentary for VICE Films called Lil Bub & Friendz is a strange and delightful look at the world of internet cat celebrities.
Dog Talk (5-31-2013) Deborah Howard talks about CAPS — the Companion Animal Protection Society — and their extraordinary work as watchdogs of puppy mills and their undercover videotaping of atrocities that have shut down some of the worst offenders; Dr. Teri Meekins is one of the original founders of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and her tireless work there — and in the surrounding community, including the Shinnecock Indian reservation — has gained her the award of Best Veterinarian on Long Island, that will be bestowed by The Pet Philanthropy Circle on June 29 at their yearly ceremony on the East End of Long Island; Tracie talks with David from Halo about the cool City Tails NYC Pop-Up store at the corner of 47th and Lexington where Tracie's live shows on the Radio Pet Lady Network will be simul-broadcast into the shop at 8 PM weekdays.
Dog Talk (5-24-2013) British author and BBC sports presenter Clare Balding talks about her eccentric animal-centric childhood in delightful memoir MY ANIMALS AND OTHER FAMILY, and about the fabulous life she has now, including having to dash back right after the interview to continue her documentary about the Queen of England! Diane Lovejoy talks about her passion for the huge cat colony she looks after and documents with beautiful artistic feline renderings in her book THE CAT LADY CHRONICLES; Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, expert on canine and feline infectious diseases, discusses decisions about vaccinating pets and the use of titer tests like Vaccicheck to determine your dog or cat's protection.
Dog Talk (5-17-2013) Gwen Cooper's new book LOVE SAVES THE DAY is taking her to shelters across the country throughout the summer to raise awareness and adoptions (and give away huge amounts of Weruva, which is Tracie's favorite cat food!); Lucy Postins from The Honest Kitchen talks about her ground-breaking new probiotic product ProBloom that is dehydrated goat's milk with digestive enzymes, as a natural way to bring intestinal health to dogs and cats; Jane Vanderbergh's book THE WRONG DOG DREAM is a gloriously written memoir about the spirit-lifting and heart-breaking presence of a special dog in the author's life.
Dog Talk (5-10-2013) Dr. Nick Trout brings his years of experience taking care of animals at Angell Memorial in Boston to his first novel THE PATRON SAINT OF LOST DOGS; Dr. Sean Delaney (a board certified veterinary nutritionist & co-host with Tracie of PET FOOD ADVISORS every Thursday night on the Radio Pet Lady Network) talks about home cooking and what you need to add to balance the pet's diet; in SUSPECT, New York Times best-selling thriller novelist Robert Crais uses his keen eye and imagination to bring to life Maggie — an Iraq-war Marine dog suffering from PTSD, as is her new police handler, who is seeking answers to the attack that left his partner dead.
Dog Talk (5-03-2013) Dale Picard created ECAD — Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities — in Dobbs Ferry, NY where he breeds service dogs, which are then trained by adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems who attend alternative schools on the campuses of five residential treatment centers, including Green Chimneys (Listen to Dog Talk Podcast from March 29, 2013 with Sam Ross of Green Chimneys); Sharon Peters talks about the way a seeing eye dog reached a man's deepest recesses in her touching book TRUSTING CALVIN: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart; Helen Brown reads from her cheerful memoir about the Siamese cat who joined her family as she was diagnosed with breast cancer and just as her daughter left home for war-torn Sri Lanka to become a Buddhist nun in CATS & DAUGHTERS: They Don't Always Come When Called.
Dog Talk (4-26-2013) Kathleen Conlee has been at the Humane Society of the United States since 1999, focused on ending research experimentation on animals, especially the chimpanzees (see this HSUS Blog) that are finally being released to Chimp Haven after 50 year as victims of harsh experimentation, as seen in this video; Sofie Kelly's book CAT TRICK has climbed the New York Times Mass Market paperback best seller list because of two magical yet very realistic cats, Owen and Hercules, who help solve mysteries; Paris from DogTipper.com is Tracie's co-host on Dog Travel Experts and they discuss car travel, beach walks, and dog parks and how to keep your dog safe—and to check and double-check on how dog friendly a hotel really is and what size dogs they will welcome.
Dog Talk (4-19-2013) Dr. Adam Boyko from the Cornell University veterinary school talks about new evidence of the evolution of dogs as companions to men and whether variations in the gene that allows for digestion of carbohydrates in the ancestors of modern dogs had a role in the domestication of dogs; Peter Trachtenberg's book ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION is a brilliant memoir of losing a human partner while gaining a feline one -- which garnered him a full page glowing review in the New York Times Book Review; Dr. Carlo Siracusa of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary college -- and the Official Veterinary Behaviorist of the show -- discusses what constitutes "too many" cats in a household and the need for a core area with enough distance possible between them.
Dog Talk (4-12-2013) Dr. E'Lise Christensen is the only board-certified veterinary behaviorist in NYC, where she sees patients with a variety of serious behavioral issues, both by house call and at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Manhattan. At one time she was part of a feline-only veterinary clinic which explains her interest in enriching a cat's life with interactive wand toys like Neko Flies — to both prevent and treat behavior issues; Dr. Phil Padrid is the Official Veterinarian of DOG TALK® and Tracie loves to have philosophical conversations with him — like whether it is ethical for pet owners to get medications from human pharmacies for their pets, and then Tracie talks about the close relationship between puppy mill breeding and the supposedly bona fide AKC registration papers they are furnished, and a recent in-depth focus on problems with the AKC (American Kennel Club), as indicated in this New York Times article; Alexandra Horowitz reads from her wonderful new book ON LOOKING (that follows her best seller, INSIDE OF A DOG) and recommends how walks with our dogs can inspire us to really look at the world around us.
Dog Talk (4-05-2013) Steve Pawlowski from Petsmart Charities announces the 40 million dollars they have given to 3,000 rescue groups, the 5 millionth adoption they have enabled in Petsmart stores, and the way they help in emergencies like Hurricane Sandy to provide all the equipment — cages, bowls, leashes, food — needed when a shelter is created by other non-profits like the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States; Maggie Howell talks about The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) a non-profit that promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment as a "keystone species" that controls populations and keeps the lands balanced, and introduces Tracie to the concept of "predator friendly wool;" Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins explains how pheromones works as chemical communicators in a dog or cat's brain and create a feeling of well-being like Linus got from his blanket!
Dog Talk (3-29-2013) Dr. Donna Spector talks about E.P.I and how German Shepherds and other breeds are suffering from this digestive disorder which is often undiagnosed (hear more from Dr. Donna on THE EXPERT VET, her new show with Tracie every Monday on Radio Pet Lady Network); Dr. Nick Dodman from Tufts University talked about his work with owner-directed aggression in cats, how using the NekoFlies wand toy helped to manage one recent feline patient, and how his book The Cat Who Cried for Help describes similarly difficult situations; Sam Ross describes how he created Green Chimneys, a unique farm setting school for children with difficulties, that includes camels, sheep, horses, chickens and companion dogs that the students help train as part of their therapy.
Dog Talk (3-22-2013) Nicole Cottam coordinated a study of the Anxiety Wrap at Tufts University and describes how the results showed its effectiveness in calming dogs with thunderstorm phobia; author (and scientist) Bonham Richards talks about his frighteningly plausible thriller WORLD WITHOUT CATS; Cathy Hartshorn from the group Friends of Vermont Dogs talks about the slow but steady success the volunteer group has had providing fences for owners to remove their dogs from a 24/7 life on a chain.
Dog Talk (3-15-2013) Award-winning journalist PALLAVI AIYAR calls from Jakarta where she now lives to talk about her charming book, CHINESE WHISKERS, which is told through the viewpoint of two cats in Beijing as they deal with real-life events like the Olympic Games, the SARS virus, and the tainted pet-food scandal; Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN is a Professor of Medicine and Nutrition and has the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Tennessee, and is a leading authority on omega-3 fatty acids which he discusses, emphasizing the vital importance of daily supplementation with the appropriate serving of high quality fish oil like Nordic Naturals — for both pets and people.
Dog Talk (3-08-2013) Dr. Donna Raditic teaches at the University of Tennessee, where she specializes in acupuncture and chiropractic for dogs and cats, and also discusses metabolic syndrome and healthy nutrition for pets; David Haworth is the head of the Morris Animal Foundation and he talks about the groundbreaking studies that Morris Animal Foundation funds at veterinary schools; Tracie talks to Laura Ann, the author of the really fun book COLLARED: A Gin and Tonic Mystery by L.A Kornetsky.
Dog Talk (3-01-2013) Jessica Womack is a biochemist who was fascinated by how pheromones work in helping with pets emotional issues — when she moved and one of her dogs experienced severe, life-disrupting separation anxiety she was desperate to find a remedy. At Tracie's suggestion she turned to the Adaptil collar, which she put on her little dog Charlie, along with an Anxiety Wrap (with the calming effect of "torso compression" and acupressure points) and some consistent behavior modification (of her own habits as well as Charlie's!); Little Boy Blue is the fascinating result of author Kim Kavin's adoption of a puppy from the South and her determination as an investigative journalist to find out the whole story of his little life and the often difficult truths of how private rescues really function.
Dog Talk (2-22-2013) Jared of Reds Best fisheries talks about Pier 6, the new freeze dried fish treat from Whole Life Pet, that utilizes an abundant fish that is usually wasted because it is rarely eaten by people, but which makes a great healthy dog and cat snack; Brian Hare, the head of the Canine Cognition Lab at Duke University where dogs' intelligence is studied, and his wife Vanessa Woods (author of Bonobo Handshake) co-authored the brilliant book The Genius of Dogs and discuss both their research for the book and their fascinating new project called Dognition.com, in which anybody with a dog can follow the steps to test their own dog's cognitive abilities, and in the process become part of a "citizen science" project that may change the way humans think about canines.
Dog Talk (2-15-2013) Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, takes time to respond to a scurrilous attack on DOG TALK® because of my association with HSUS, of which I am, needless to say, extremely proud and protective; Allison Denlea, the Official Trainer of the show, gives me some tips for the Weimaraner puppy I decided to get from the breeder who also runs Mid-Atlantic Weimaraner Rescue (but after this interview I actually changed my mind and realized it was not fair to my current rescued Weims and Collie mix); Tracie waxes enthusiastic over The $60,000 Dog, Lauren Slater's luminous memoir of the place of many animals in her challenging childhood and the importance of her dog to her now in adulthood.
Dog Talk (2-8-2013) Alison from Alley Cat Allies discusses how to offer shelter from the cold and snow for feral cats over the winter months, with instructions on where to buy or how to create a shelter right on their website at alleycat.org/buildashelter; Mike from Sleepypod explains how his cat Rawl Rawl was the inspiration for his high-tech groovy design and serious construction of Sleepypod, the only pet carrier to pass the infant car seat crash test; Jessica, a biochemist with a dog suffering from severe separation anxiety issues, checks in to report on the wonderful combination of Adaptil pheromone collar and the Anxiety Wrap to calm her dog's separation anxiety.
Dog Talk (2-1-2013) Jennifer Kachnic is the president of the Grey Muzzle Organization, that improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters nationwide (GreyMuzzle.org) and she also co-authored a book with Dr. Alice Villalobos — Your Dog's Golden Years (seniordogbooks.com); Tracie questions Gary Borjesson's basic views about training dogs and communication with them in his book Willing Dogs and Reluctant Masters; Tracie discusses her new online live radio show Cat Chat® & Dog Talk® with her co-host, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, whose previous radio show "The Natural Vet" was also on SiriusXM alongside Tracie's show CAT CHAT® before they teamed up together for their weekly two-hour live show.
Dog Talk (1-25-2013) Tracy Coppola talks about Internet puppy sales and how to know whether the Internet is being used by "puppy farmers" with puppy mills to dupe people online — Tracy is the Campaigns Officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), previously worked as a Policy Associate at Born Free USA, and before that with the American Humane Association, giving her considerable experience in both companion animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues, leading advocacy initiatives both on a federal and state level; David Yaskulka from HALO Purely for Pets talks about the 14 stops HALO organized over the holiday season to bring 500,000 meals of Halo's Spots Stew to 69 shelters and rescues, including many along the east coast that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, bringing a good healthy meal to dogs waiting for their forever homes; Sandy Robbins is a pet lifestyle expert and the author of For The Love of Cats in bookstores now, and discusses her love of the Neko Flies toys to stimulate and enrich any kitty's life.
Dog Talk (1-18-2013) Dr. Brian Hare is the director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center and associate professor in evolutionary anthropology at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University -- he announces the launch of Dognition.com, an interactive online experience for dog owners to assess their own dog's intelligence and participate in a larger study of just how smart dogs really are; Mary Ellen, a listener whose Doberman had such bad skin allergies that she had considered putting him out of his misery, gives a personal testimonial about how Doggy GOO literally saved his life; artist and photographer Arne Svenson talks about his mind-bending photos of kittens against fascinating backdrops in his book STRAYS, which is in a signed limited edition that can be purchsed only from the publisher, simanmediaworks.com, with a donation going to the cat rescue that supplied the "kitten models" (one of which Arne adopted!)
Dog Talk (1-11-2013) Dr. Kristin Holm helped develop a holistic supplement for aging dogs to help with their mental sharpness and physical well-being called GOO Silver, another lickable product (like the Doggy GOO Tracie's dog Scooby Doo uses to relieve his licking and allergies) with all-natural ingredients that enter the dog's bloodstream through the membranes in the mouth and the intestinal tract lining; Phil Arkow is the head of National Link Coalition and the Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, which study the link between abuse of animals as a bellwether of potential violence to people in the family and ways to intervene before abuse escalates. (See nationallinkcoalition.org, animaltherapy.net); Tracie discusses how big commercial pet food manufacturers are trying to compete with premium brands by using a "first named protein" on their labels and hiding low-grade ingredients behind it. Tracie also talks about her new live call-in online radio show CAT CHAT® & DOG TALK® with Dr. Shawn "The Natural Vet" — who also had a pet show on the Martha Stewart channel of SiriusXM satellite radio until the channel was just cancelled. They launched their new two-hour show January 8th and are hoping lots of DOG TALK® listeners will call in every Tuesday beginning at 8 PM East (5 PM West) and together they will answer any question about your pets. You can listen by going to http://www.traciehotchner.com/cc/listen.php
Dog Talk (1-4-2013) Tim Ricky, Senior director of Field Investigation and Response Team for the ASPCA, talks about the "pop up" shelter the ASPCA pulled together in a few days after Hurricane Sandy hit — with the extraordinary gift of $500,000 from Rachel Ray and supplies from Petsmart Charities — to temporarily house the 60,000 pets of people whose homes were ruined by the hurricane; Wanda Merling is the Petsmart Charities Emergency relief manager and she talks about how she coordinated the donation of everything that was needed in the Brooklyn, New York shelter, from leashes and crates, to bowls and food; Greg Mote is one of the designers and co-owners of Sleepypod carriers (which gave a large donation to the shelter in Baltimore after the hurricane hit), and he discusses the importance of having your cat and small dog so accustomed to their carrier that in an emergency it's easy to evacuate without delay, and how the Sleepypod was created for both comfort (it's also a bed) and for travel safety (it is the only carrier that has passed government crash testing for human infant car seats).
Dog Talk (12-28-2012) Lucy Postins and her innovative pet food company The Honest Kitchen were profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and Tracie marvels with Lucy at the continuing impact of her groundbreaking concept of using raw dehydrated ingredients made in a human food facility for pets — and how it has affected the pet food landscape; Sue from Operation Roger (http://operationroger.rescuegroups.org/) tells about the inspiring all volunteer group of truck drivers who are helping to transport pets in need of homes to areas where fosters and rescue groups await them; Dr. Michael Fox wrote Not Fit for Dog, his co-authored book about the pet food industry that is now out in paperback, and discusses with Tracie how psychological studies he did in his early years as a researcher on food preferences in puppies were later used by commercial pet food companies to develop their secret "proprietary ingredients" to enhance palatability of lower quality ingredients and even create food addictions.
MY NEW YEAR'S GIFT TO YOU
I urge you to sit down to watch this heart-warming and surprising video with someone you love- or even your whole family. And I hope its message will carry you into 2013 with joy, health and hope for our world.
Dog Talk (12-21-2012) The Very Special 300th Broadcast of Dog Talk®! Today marks one of those milestones that popped up and bit me on the nose. How could I have ever imagined when beginning this show seven years ago that I would have managed to be on the air with different guests and topics for 300 weeks? I have my wonderful NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting and Dr. Wally Smith to thank for his belief in me in giving me a platform for this show from the beginning and the superb engineering of Kyle Lynch who has had my back from Day One. To celebrate this 300th anniversary I invited two people to share it with me who are truly special and have done amazing things in their careers on behalf of animals. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (with whom I share a similar weekly conversation called "Humane Talk" on HSUS.org), joins me in a philosophical discussion of why paying attention to and improving our interaction with all animals makes us better people and a better society; Dr. Donna Spector (a board certified veterinary internist who is the Official Second Opinion veterinarian of the show) helps sort out the confusion around under-vaccination and over-vaccination and how to safely and responsibly protect our pets and society at large with our choices, and then discusses how to incorporate "people food" into our pets' dishes while maintaining a nutritional balance. Thank you each and every one for listening to the show all these years, and for the honor you extend to me when you take to heart the information and advice I have the privilege of sharing with you.
Dog Talk (12-14-2012) John Homans returns to discuss the second half of his engaging book What's a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy and Politics of Man's Best Friend, with his evaluation of how purebred dog breeds were invented by people, beginning in the Victorian era, up to 19th century dog history showing the nautical background of the modern day Labrador Retriever (which accounts for part of the genetic makeup of John's own dog, Stella) — the Lab having evolved from Newfoundland origins ("Newfies" themselves having been the quintessential mutts from tough Portuguese stock); Aimee Sadler is the Training Director of the Official Shelter of the show, Southampton Animal Shelter, and she and Tracie reminisce about how Tracie's first rescued Weimaraner, Lulu, in California was Aimee's first dog training client — and how they both wound up living in the Hamptons and Aimee went on to become an important part of the growth of Southampton Animal Shelter and a premier voice in the larger sheltering community with her original ideas about how to socialize shelter dogs in play groups, a groundbreaking concept that has made her a sought-after speaker and demonstrator at conferences across the country.
Dog Talk (12-7-2012) Tracie talks about two success stories of dogs who followed her example with her dog Scooby Doo's allergies being stopped by Doggy GOO (you too can join the Doggy GOO Club by writing her at RadioPetLady@gmail.com if you have a dog with red itchy ears, scratching or licking); Tracie introduces Mike, the co-designer of the pet carrier for the 22nd century — the Sleepypod — which is a super-cool carrier for cats and small dogs that's also unique in having passed the government crash testing for human infant car seats! Dr. Karen Tobias is a Professor of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and board-certified surgeon at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (she even wrote the textbook on the topic!) and discusses what is involved in her surgical specialty (including removing panties from a Lab's stomach that did not belong to the owner's wife!); Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins (who is the Official Veterinarian of Tracie's SiriusXM radio show CAT CHAT®) discusses the value of having Feliway in every home where cats live to lower stress levels (which you may not even be aware of) and increase a sense of general well-being.
Dog Talk (11-30-2012) A Show Dedicated to Decisions Around End of Life Issues for Pets. Bioethicist Jessica Pierce wrote a tender op-ed piece in the New York Times about managing the end of her beloved dog's life, which Tracie discusses with her, and Jessica's book on which the op-ed is based, THE LAST WALK: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives. Jessica refers to the unique system of evaluating your pets deteriorating condition at the end of life which was devised by Dr. Alice Villalobos, the Official Oncologist of DOG TALK®, who is a highly regarded oncologist around the world in her field. Dr. Alice is President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and Director of the Animal Oncology Consultation Service where she coined the phrase "pawspice" to help people cope with their pet's end of life period that is comparable to human "hospice." Tracie and Dr. Alice discuss what this means and how to apply it to individual situations.
Dog Talk (11-23-2012) Tracie is proud to announce an "educational partnership" with Dr. Shelby Neely of www.AskTheCatDoctor.com, who had a cats-only veterinary clinic which she sold to become a house-call vet (in the Philadelphia area) and to concentrate on reaching a much wider audience of cat lovers with advice and information on her jam-packed website -- where she wrote a glowing description of one of her favorite cat toys and even recorded her cats enjoying it -- which happened to be the Official Cat Toy of my shows, the Neko Flies! (You can purchase Neko Flies right from Dr. Neely's website to help further her educational efforts); John Homans has been the executive editor of New York Magazine for a very long time but has shown another extraordinary talent in his first book WHAT'S A DOG FOR? which is such a fascinating historical and personal perspective on the relationship of canines with many celebrated people that Tracie has invited him back soon to discuss the second half of the book (so rush right out and get it so you can enjoy the to-be-continued conversation even more); Dr. Julie Albright holds the Petsafe Chair in Veterinary Behavior at the University of Tennessee Veterinary school and discusses the importance of seeking professional help as early as possible when a behavior issue crops up because the longer a pet has a problem, the more difficult it is to solve.
Dog Talk (11-16-2012) A Chance to Give Thanks: Today's show is short because Tracie is doing live fundraising with the folks at Peconic Public Broadcasting, who depend on listener donations and community support for the station's survival. Tracie's show and her website have the great good fortune of being supported by an impressive list of companies that believe her educational efforts have real value to pets, their owners, and to companies that speak to them.
At this Thanksgiving time of year, Tracie was grateful for a rare opportunity on the show today to speak directly about the many companies that support DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!), as well as underwriting her website and her efforts to educate and inspire dog and cat lovers about giving their pets the healthiest, most satisfying life possible.
Tracie hopes you'll take a moment to hear her personal thanks and comments about Dr. Wally Smith, the manager of the NPR station which gave DOG TALK® a chance (allowing her to win a prestigious Gracie® Award in 2010!) and stayed loyal all these years, her impeccable engineer Kyle Lynch, and Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman at Robinhood Radio, who welcomed DOG TALK® into their schedule.
Tracie explains her Thanksgiving feelings about Platinum Performance, HALO, Nordic Naturals, The Honest Kitchen, Whole Life Pet, Vectra, Feliway & Adaptil, Anxiety Wrap, Doggy GOO, Neko Flies and Sleepypod, with special thanks to Weruva and Precious Cat litter, which go the extra mile to directly offset the cost of the radio show. Tracie welcomes her new "partner in education," Dr Shelby Neely of AskTheCatDoctor.com and looks forward to introducing you to the people behind Healthy Paws insurance and PetGenius.com very soon.
Most of all she wants to thank each and every one of you who listens to the show, shares it with friends, and takes the advice and incorporates into their own pets' lives. When Tracie says she feels humbled and honored by the trust and respect her listeners have shown, she really means it -- and hopes to continue to inspire and fascinate you with the show in the months and years to come. Wishing a safe, happy and not-too-indulgent Thanksgiving to one and all!
Dog Talk (11-9-2012) Tracie learns about the proven importance of supplementing omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil every single day in your pet's bowl, and how to determine the right amount for your dogs and cats, from Erin Hay at Nordic Naturals, which has created capsules and an eye dropper cap to allow you to portion out the correct serving of their triple-filtered, ecologically-responsible fish oil for cats or dogs (anyone can write to Erin email@example.com with questions about their own pets' needs); Tracie talks about the Spoiled Rotten "club" you can join to have a box of top-notch Made in America treats and toys delivered to you every month from Petflow.com and discusses with John Gigliotti, the owner of Whole Life Pet (which was in the debut sold-out Spoiled Rotten box) why people seem more concerned about how and where their dog's food and toys come from, than they are their own children's; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses the all-natural pheromone product Adaptil for dogs and how it works scientifically like a "Linus blanket" to calm and soothe dogs — from new puppies to old dogs having "senior moments."
Dog Talk (11-2-2012) Trinity Ava is an eastern and western trained herbalist who teaches at the California School of Herbal Studies, Bastyr University (TrinityAva.com) and discusses the value of herbal remedies and Neem oil with Tracie, along with the Theraneem line of pet products; Heather Merrill is the founder of the New England Pet Hospice, which assists with medical care and helps with the emotional, social and spiritual needs of people and their pets at the end of their lives (NewEnglandPetHospice.com); Dr. Donna Raditic built the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Service at the University of Tennessee, where she is a professor and explains the value of the veterinary services she offers to patients: chiropractic, acupuncture and massage, and is now looking to fund the first Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the veterinary school.
Dog Talk (10-26-2012) Dr. Elsey (a feline-only veterinarian in Colorado) created a litter using herbs to attract cats into the litter box which grew into his privately owned Precious Cat litter company. He explains how he was inspired to invent Cat Attract litter because so many cats were being abandoned because of out-of-litter-box-issues and how his company continues to donate "Litter Box Issues" pamphlets and pallets of litter to rescue groups across the country; Spencer Quinn talks about the pleasure of thinking like a dog in writing as Chet, the canine star of his most recent Chet and Bernie mystery A FISTFUL OF COLLARS; Dr. Kristin Holm is a veterinary dermatologist who owns her veterinary dermatology clinic in Des Moines, Iowa and helped develop the sublingual anti-allergy product Doggy GOO, followed by the new product GOO Gut Rescue, to repair the intestinal tract of dogs who have been on antibiotics for hot spots, Lyme disease or wound healing, with the same principle of all-natural ingredients that enter the system through the membranes in the dog’s mouth.
Dog Talk (10-19-2012) Get to know Stacie Forman, who started Weruva with her husband before they became the parents of three young humans (Tyler and his little twin sisters) but she remains as committed to saving pets (from turtles to dogs) from shelters or the side of the road, with charming rescue stories; Caroline Golon (of RomeoTheCat.com and TheHappyLitterBox.com) discusses Halo's national holistic health day survey and how there are no regulations for what "holistic" means when it comes to pet food, what consumers think "holistic" actually means, and the concept of healthier food (like donations from Halo via Freekibble.com) making a difference in adoptability at shelters; Dr. Lisa Moses, pain specialist from Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, continues an earlier discussion about treatments for pain management, including stem cell therapy, platelet therapy, laser therapy and human medications.
Dog Talk (10-12-2012) Alex Zhardanovsky (co-founder of Petflow.com) describes how he went from having only "family and friends" as customers to now having tens of thousands of customers, pet parents who get their food, treats, litter and even toys delivered right to their doors with free shipping; Tracie learned about Beth Zimmerman, who founded Pets for Patriots, www.petsforpatriots.org through HALO, which has been a generous sponsor providing donations to many of their shelter partners and discounts to members of this remarkable charity which connects veterans with "Last Chance" pets in the shelters — dogs and cats who are less adoptable because of age or physical or emotional challenges; Tracie discusses why she has lost confidence in the pet insurance companies she previously trusted and why she has chosen Healthy Paws insurance for her own gang of three — because of the personal involvement of the two co-founders, the all inclusive coverage even for her 10 and 11 year old dogs (very hard to find a company offering across-the-board insurance for seniors) and because of the company's commitment to the sheltering community — she urges everyone listening to take a moment to get an online quote since "Every Quote Gives Hope" and generates a donation to a shelter; Lisa-Maria Padilla, well known Abyssinian breeder and cat trainer (whose kitty has her own Facebook page) talks about the SturdiBag Campaign to Overcome the Carrier Barrier and the 5 ways you can teach your own cat to love the carrier as much as Lisa-Maria's well-traveled kitties look forward to getting into their SturdiBags.
Dog Talk (10-05-2012) A whole show devoted to a conversation about some thorny moral issues that confront the veterinary community, including the selling of profit-generating products to clients. Dr. Philip Padrid, the Official veterinarian of DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!), spends the whole hour with Tracie having a philosophical discussion about the politics of the veterinary profession and what the economics are that influence decisions about how vet care is administered and how people are told to feed their pets. The first issue they discuss is a comparison of animal medicine and human medicine and whether there are ethical conflicts when a veterinarian can prescribe and sell medications -- which is not allowed in human medicine. Does a profit motive affect medical decisions? The next issue they talk about is the influence of the pet food industry (beginning in vet school) on the perception and attitudes veterinarians have about the bagged food made by pet food companies; they discuss how common sense and even a scientific understanding of feline and canine digestion may be compromised by a core belief in adherence to kibbled pet food that is fostered in the veterinary sphere by the manufacturers of commercially made kibble. (Product of the Week: Beams, catfish skin chews from The Honest Kitchen. Read more.)
Dog Talk (9-28-2012) David Haworth, the CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation, explains how MAF raises the money to underwrite research being done at veterinary colleges to study many issues affecting animals of many species, including a new study evaluating stem cell therapy — how it functions and how well it works; Becky Robinson talks about Feral Cat Day (Oct 16) and the work being done by Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/) to support feral cat groups conducting "Trap, Neuter, Return" (TNR) programs across the country; Jim Gorant wrote about an extraordinary pit bull in WALLACE: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls — One Flying Disc at a Time, who was a nearly-euthanized shelter reject and became a national champion competitor in Disc Dog, a tribute to the man who saw his potential, brought out the brilliance in the dog, and changed a lot of minds about the unfairly maligned breed.
Dog Talk (9-21-2012) Noe Bunnell has a small premium pet store in Philadelphia and talks about the challenge of eliminating Chinese-made food products and what to offer customers in their place (read her blog post on the topic); Tony Corbo is Senior Lobbyist for Food & Water Watch [www.foodandwaterwatch.org] a non-profit organization that looks out for problems and government agendas affecting the water supply and the food we (and our pets) eat and how the Chinese managed to get all that toxic chicken jerky into the mouths of American dogs; John Gigliotti, the owner of Whole Life Pet treats, talks about his private company in the Berkshires that makes its own freeze-dried protein treats from human-edible products sourced directly from American farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Here is Noe's piece about this interview.
Dog Talk (9-14-2012) James Rollins has written many New York Times bestsellers, but BLOODLINE is extra-special because it is a riveting science-based thriller that features a splendid military war dog and his handler; Dr. Donna Spector (the Official Second Opinion Vet and Veterinary Nutrition Advisor on both Tracie's radio shows) goes into depth about urinary tract problems, focusing on individual cases with a cat and a dog. Dr. Donna also recommends the individualized special nutrition counseling and support at U. C. Davis vet school for owners and their veterinarians. Read more about it at http://nutrition.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/index.cfm
Dog Talk (9-7-2012) Stephen Zawistowski is the ASPCA's Science Advisor, a professor in Environmental Biology, and a board member of the non-profit Alliance for Contraception of Cats and Dogs, who explains the "free-roaming cat modeling project" and why it works to maintain neutered feral cat colonies; Betsy Palazzo talks about her family-owned and run Purr'N'Pooch dog and cat daycare and boarding facility on the Jersey shore and how successful the Whole Life Pet treats have been for their training and "client rewards;" Dr. Monica Murphy discusses the fascinating history and current health issues of rabies worldwide, which she and her husband Bill Wasik wrote about in the much-heralded book RABID: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus.
Dog Talk (8-31-2012) Tracie talks to Odie, a young blind man whose service dog, Philbin, was turned around by using Doggy GOO and was able to get back in the harness as a guide dog. Philbin had such bad skin allergies that the dog had to be on medications like prednisone and wear a collar to stop licking and biting — and could not do his job. Tracie thanks Odie because she was so convinced by his story that she tried GOO on her own Scooby Doo, whose compulsive licking nearly disappeared; Tracie returns the favor by helping Odie understand the low quality ingredients of the dry food he is feeding Philbin (that he believed to be high quality) and urges him to switch to Halo or another premium kibble; Dr. Jean Hofve discusses the recent AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) meeting she attended and gives Tracie a different perspective on the organization charged with overseeing the production of pet food; Tracie announces with pleasure and pride that Dr. Carlo Siracusa — head of the University of Pennsylvania animal behavior department — is joining the show as Official Veterinary Behavior Consultant and discusses his PhD thesis on the value of using D.A.P. (dog appeasing pheromone, also known as Adaptil) on dogs in stressful situations, especially before surgery, even one as routine as a spay/neuter.
Dog Talk (8-24-2012) Melissa Crichton is an experienced dog trainer and licensed psychotherapist in the Metropolitan Denver area (CalmingCompanions.com). She focuses on dog behavioral problems around anxiety issues, with both dogs and family members since human anxiety can be triggered by—and also worsen—canine anxiety. She discusses the exceptional results she's had with the Anxiety Wrap, which Tracie uses on Scooby Doo for thunderstorm fear; Caroline Golon of RomeoTheCat.com, discusses how to get cats comfortable with carriers (for travel, vet visits and emergencies) and recommends tossing Whole Life Pet treats into the very cat-popular Sturdi carriers, and playing with a Neko Flies in the carrier, too; Lucy Postins of The Honest Kitchen tells how she came to develop a wonderful new pet chew from pure dried Icelandic catfish skins: called BEAMS, they are driving Tracie's dogs berserk with anticipation of their after dinner chew!
Dog Talk (8-17-2012) No show. Station fundraising weekend.
Dog Talk (8-10-2012) Dr. Debra Horwitz is a board certified member of the elite group of veterinarians who focus on behavior problems and solving them (there are only about 50 members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) and she has her own practice in St. Louis, Missouri called Veterinary Behavior Consultations. She is going across the country in a big fancy bus called "Keep the L.O.V.E." to help pet lovers with their problems, sponsored by her organization and CEVA (which makes Adaptil — also known as D.A.P. or "dog appeasing pheromone" and Feliway for cats); Tracie talks with the Official Trainer of Dog Talk®, Allison Denlea of Paws 4 Positive Training, about the recent Adoptathon she attended with Tracie in Bridgehampton (at the wonderful little J. McLaughlin store) and observations she made about the dogs for adoption from Southampton Shelter who were there with volunteers; Dr. Mark Howes owns the Berglund Animal Hospital in Evanston Illinois and discusses a recent article he wrote about allergy problems for dogs and what we can do about them.
Take Advantage of These Generous Offers!
Whole Life Pet is so delighted to be named the Official Treat of both Tracie's radio shows that they are offering listeners a tremendously tempting 15% off all their products. Go to www.WholeLifePet.com to admire the story of where they get each of their ingredients. Once you decide which proteins your dog or cat deserves as a treat today, put DOGTALK in the code box at check out [If you want a sample before deciding to buy, write to Tracie at RadioPetLady@gmail.com and she will forward your mailing address to the folks at Whole Life Pet.]
Doggy GOO was so proud to have their medical director Dr. Kristin Holm on DOG TALK that they are offering $10 off any order. If your dog is scratching, licking or generally itchy or has constant ear infections, go right to www.DoggyGoo.com and put DOGTALK10 in the code box — discover whether your dog will join the thousands of others who have gotten relief from this natural supplement (Tracie just bought some herself — for Scooby Doo and his obsessive licking — so join in her in a personal experiment!)
Dog Talk (8-03-2012) Dr. Kristin Holm is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist who owns her own specialty practice in Des Moines, Iowa and is a consultant for the online website, Veterinary Information Network. She talks to Tracie about Doggy GOO, an all-natural product she helped develop to calm the immune systems of dogs with environmental allergies that cause them severe skin problems. As a skin specialist, she knows that most pet owners do not live near her or one of the other 200 other dermatologists in the country, or could not afford costly skin testing and the regular allergy shots designed to build the dog's immune reaction to common allergens -- and so she helped create a peanut-butter-based all natural remedy that dogs could lick up (DoggyGoo.com); Jenny Brown is an ardent vegan who explains why in her book The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals; Dr. Lisa Moses is the head of the Pain Medicine Service at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center and discusses the need for dog owners and veterinarians to recognize when the animals are in pain and what can be done to relieve it, including weight loss, supplementation with omega-3 fish oil in the correct balance for pets (Tracie points out that Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Oil is designed with that in mind), glucosamine based products (like the Platinum Performance Tracie recommends) and injections of Adequan. Dr. Moses will return to the show soon and continue the discussion of pain management.
Dog Talk (7-27-2012) Mark Herthel of Platinum Performance explains how glucosamine works to repair joint damage and the proven benefits to horses, dogs, cats (and humans, too!) of taking a daily glucosamine supplement to reduce inflammation and pain in the joints; Kevin Walsh's charming book Follow the Dog Home is a family history of all the dogs who have shared his family life for generations; Lillie Goodrich talks about all the rescued Border Collies at Glen Highland Farm and how it is financed in part by the September camp experience available for dog owners who want to spend time in nature with their dogs. If you want to take a vacation with your dog that helps rescue dogs, there is still space for this fall: http://www.highlandvue.com/ccg_intro.html
Dog Talk (7-20-2012) Amie Chalfy coordinates the wonderful New York volunteers for the PETS program (Pets and Elder Team) of the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (jasa.org), which pairs volunteers of all ages with older pet owners who need assistance in managing vet visits, cat litter, dog walking or the financial burden of having pets — Tracie was able to send coupons to JASA for free Cat Attract litter from DOG TALK's® always philanthropic sponsor, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter; Lisa-Maria Padilla is nationally known in the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA.org) as a breeder of Abyssinian cats, for her performing cats at cat shows who do "tricks" (with the encouragement of the Official Treat of the show, Whole Life treats!) as a trainer who had the first ever CFA Feline Agility winner; Kathleen Prasad talks about her book, Reiki for Dogs, and explains this ancient form of healing and bonding.
Dog Talk (7-13-2012) Jackson Galaxy, from TV's "My Cat from Hell," talks about his new autobiography called Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught me About Life, Love and Coming Clean. Jackson discusses his time working as a shelter employee and how his natural affinity for cats led him to his cat-centric professional life. Jackson also talks about liking Neko Flies (coincidentally the Official Toy of CAT CHAT®) so much that he has used them on his TV show and sells them on his company website, Spirit Essences. He's giving Dog Talk® listeners a 5% discount on the Neko Flies, Spirit Essences—but you have to use this link: http://www.spiritessences.com/?Click=409
Dr. Donna Spector (the Official Veterinary Nutritionist and Second Opinion Veterinarian of the show) talks about a new saliva testing kit that claims to discover food allergies in dogs—and what the flaws are behind such a premise. Dr. Donna discusses how rare true food allergies are in dogs, and describes that the most reliable way to uncover whether your dog actually has food intolerances is by conducting an "elimination diet," and how to do that.
Dog Talk (7-6-2012) John Gigliotti talks about the rewards and challenges of using only U.S.-sourced human grade meats, fish and cheese in the hand-prepared batches of Whole Life Pet treats his company makes in the Berkshires of Massachusetts; Mark Derr’s new book How the Dog Became the Dog is as much a history of mankind, as it is of the wolves and dogs that evolved alongside humans; Caroline Golon’s websites Romeo the Cat and The Happy Litter Box are great resources for cat owners—she receives samples of every imaginable cat product so Tracie was thrilled to discover that Caroline is another cat expert who absolutely loves the Neko Flies toys!
Dog Talk (6-29-2012) With July 4th around the corner, Kimberly Ring from Anxiety Wrap gives some great tips about how to reduce your dog's anxiety about thunderstorms and especially fireworks from dog trainer (and Anxiety Wrap designer) Susan Sharpe; the brilliant feline expert Pam Bennett-Johnson's book Think Like a Cat was one of Tracie's inspirations when researching The Cat Bible, which makes it so special to hear Pam's enthusiastic endorsement of the Neko Flies, now the Official Cat Toy of Cat Chat®; author John Bradshaw, Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, calls from England to discuss his ground-breaking thinking in his book Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.
Dog Talk (6-22-2012) Dallas Seavey was the youngest winner ever of the Iditarod this year, at only 25 years old. He talks about being from a mushing family and about caring for the dogs who won the grueling 1,000 mile Alaskan race, with his father (a former Iditarod champion himself) competing against him, as well as his 74-year-old grandfather (the only musher in the field who was part of the first Iditarod 40 years ago); Dr. Tim is a veterinarian and musher who developed a dry food that was part of what sustained Dallas' dogs and reflects the nutritional needs of extremely active dogs; Dr. Elizabeth Feltes, a veterinary behaviorist, has a webinar for pregnant couples to help acclimate their pets to the baby who will be arriving. Visit: TheBehaviorClinic.com
Dog Talk (6-15-2012) Janine Roberts from Insect Shield explains how their technology (used in clothing) gives people protection against ticks and many other parasites (the way Vectra 3D does for dogs) and that the canine eye-protector company, Doggles, has incorporated Insect Shield into canine products; Cindy Ludwig is a dog trainer based in Dubuque, Iowa (DubuqueDogTraining.com) who uses and recommends the Anxiety Wrap to clients for thunderstorm and other anxieties. Her comparison of Anxiety Wrap vs. other products is here: http://anxietywrapsays.blogspot.com/; Veronica Morris is head of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society, which offers an online support network for people disabled by severe mental illness who wish to partner with a Psychiatric Service Dog, or whom are already partnered with such a dog, to help restore their ability to function on a daily basis. Go to PsychDog.org for details about the PSDS Gathering July 6-10th.
Dog Talk (6-8-2012) Dr. Carlo Siracusa of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school (who recently gave a big public seminar in Philadelphia on "Understanding Feline Behavior") discusses the importance of play for a cat, including the release of serotonin in a cat's brain when she plays. Dr. Siracusa loves the Neko Flies wand (the Official Toy of CAT CHAT®), which he is now sharing with his veterinary students, because it allows for human-animal bonding while respecting the sequence of predatory behavior that is essential to a cat's mental well-being; Dr. Marty Greer, who runs the International Canine Semen bank (that facilitates high quality dog breeding decisions) discusses the "genetic destruction" of many breeds, the trends towards disregarding canine health while pursuing "a look" in a breed, and how to reverse the damage of a "matador" sire in a breed that has passed on a genetic flaw (like cancer in Golden Retrievers); Laura Petrolino does not even have a pit bull herself, but she represents Stubby Dog, a group trying to change the image of the pit bull so that it can be "re-branded" as a "stubby dog," or a "pittie" so that more people will embrace them as pets.
Dog Talk (6-1-2012) Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins (Official Vet of Tracie's weekly live show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel #110 of Sirius/XM satellite radio) discusses how pancreatitis develops in cats and how it differs from the disease in dogs -- along with information about the dangers of fleas and ticks and why the topicals Vectra and Vectra 3D are necessary to protect against the various diseases called by these parasites; Sheron Long talks about her book Dog Trots Globe and the fun of living and traveling in France with her Sheltie; Tracie acknowledges the work of Friends for Animals, a Connecticut-based non-profit that subsidizes spay/neuter across the country.
Dog Talk (5-25-2012) Dr. Alicia Bertone (a Diplomate of the American College of veterinary Surgeons and a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University) talks about the clinical trial she conducted showing how platelet therapy using a dog's own blood can provide relief for dogs with osteoarthritis; Allie Phillips discusses her masterful and disturbing investigation of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation; Pam Green is the director of the Kent Animal Shelter on Long Island in Calverton, New York, which has gotten a $20,000 grant from Petsmart and a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA to provide affordable vaccinations and spay/neuter services.
Dog Talk (5-18-2012) Nancy Kerns, editor of The Whole Dog Journal, discusses their in-depth look at the issue of BPA-free cans (discovering there is actually no such thing!), along with articles in consecutive issues about prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; if you want a good laugh about how cats can overtake your life, read KITTY CORNERED, written by Bob Tarte (who's also a duck enthusiast and author of ENSLAVED BY DUCKS); Alex Zhardanovsky, co-founder of Petflow.com, was profiled in the New York Times and talks about the challenge of creating a new business in a crowded field, in a down economy -- and thriving by giving pet owners service and products they appreciate. (Petflow.com Article on CNN)
Dog Talk (5-11-2012) You've heard Tracie rave about the interactive cat wand toy that is wowing professional cat behaviorists across the country (including her pal Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell and several board certified veterinary behaviorists) -- now you can hear from Ellen Tsukuyi herself, the cat-loving woman who wanted to amuse her demanding kitties and wound up sharing her creation with the feline world; Kristen Smith talks about the Planet Dog Foundation and how they are able to support service dogs like Guiding Eyes for the Blind from the sales of all the great Planet Dog toys (from the famous Orbee balls to the "brain teaser" Mazee toy); DOG TALK'S® own Official Vet Dr. Phil Padrid gives us a Vaccines 101 course so everyone can be clear about the value of vaccines, which ones are appropriate for individual dogs based on their lifestyle, how vaccines work, the place of rabies vaccinations in society and whether a titer test is reliable as a way to skip a rabies vaccination.
Dog Talk (5-4-2012) Dr. Alice Villalobos, the Official Oncologist of the show, talks about her recent presentation about her concept of "pawspice" to an international gathering in France and how European ideas about end of life decisions and the "when to give the gift of euthanasia" question differ from those in the U.S.; Joyce Briggs is the president of the Alliance for Contraception in Dogs and Cats (http://www.acc-d.org/) and discusses the concept they are working on for a non-surgical sterilant for males that theoretically can be implemented around the world, especially in remote or impoverished areas where surgical sterilization would be impossible; and on the far other end of the "fertility spectrum," Dr. Marty Greer talks about the International Canine Semen Bank where the sperm of excellent breeding dogs is collected and sent to breeders as far away as Iceland and Australia.
Dog Talk on hiatus 4-20-2012 & 4-28-2012.
Dog Talk (4-13-2012) Why Omega-3 Fish Oil is Essential for Your Pets (And a discussion of Optimal Nutrition for Older Dogs) Because of negative comments about omega-3 oil made by a previous guest on the show -- and Tracie's research indicating their value to pets and people -- she reached out to Nordic Naturals (a sponsor of the show and world-renowned for the quality of their many omega-3 products) to assist her in inviting leading authorities in the field to correct misconceptions about the absolute value of omega-3 oils in your pet's bowl. (And your own diet, while you're at it!) First you'll hear from Stuart Tomc, a sought-after speaker on the subject of fatty acids, who is dedicated to educating the public about the nutritional benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. He introduces his mentor, Dr. Doug Bibus, who is one of the most respected international authorities and researchers on the essential nature of Omega-3. Dr. Bibus does DOG TALK® an honor by making time on short notice to come on the show and explain why omega-3 fish oil belong in every dog's and cat's bowl. In the second half of the show, Tracie expresses her skepticism about the nutritional value of some of the prescription diets for older dogs and discusses how to read a label and what "whole grain corn" means as the primary ingredient in any dog food. Dr. Donna Spector, the Veterinary Nutrition Counselor for the show and the Second Opinion Vet, suggests some of the beneficial ways to provide quality nutrition and supplementation to aging pets. For a list defining what the words on a pet food bag actually mean, both Tracie's books explain the definitions but you can also download the official AAFCO Definitions of Dog Food Ingredients. (26KB, PDF)
Dog Talk (4-6-2012) Tracie talks to Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts veterinary school about the paperback of his book GOOD OLD DOG and his nutrition ideas relating to dementia, which Tracie actually has problems with -- and the next DOG TALK® will be devoted to explaining why she disagrees; Yannick Murphy's beautiful novel THE CALL describes a country veterinarian's life in a most original way; Marilyn Krieger is The Cat Coach (TheCatCoach.com) whose award-winning book NAUGHTY NO MORE talks about ways to engage positively with your cat (by using the Neko Flies wand NekoFlies.com, TurboScratcher, Stimulo, and the Hyendry toys, a family's cottage industry made out of llama and sheep hide!
Dog Talk (3-30-2012) Dr. Elizabeth Feltes of the Behavior Clinic of Northeast Ohio talks about using wand toys to prevent and improve behavior issues in kitties and that she has such a high opinion of the Neko Flies wand toy that she even sells it through her website (TheBehaviorClinic.com); Annie Brody invites people to apply for the tribute scholarship for a session at Camp Unleashed in North Carolina for survivors of cancer (either human, dog or both) with rules for applying at http://www.campunleashed.com/Schell_Scholarship.html; Dr. Nancy Kay, who wrote the wonderful book Speaking for Spot to help people get the most out of their relationship with their veterinarian, now has written another valuable guide called YOUR DOG'S BEST HEALTH; Kama Einhorn is an inspiration to other cat owners because she adopted her unflappable cat Marvin expressly so she could have a cat to make therapy pet visits, which she does through the Delta Society in New York City. (DeltaSociety.org) Tracie is making sure that DOG TALK® (and Kitties, too!) sponsor Precious Cat will send a coupon for free litter to Kama for her good deeds with Marvin.
Dog Talk (3-23-2012) Tracie urges everyone to get flea and tick prevention immediately as the season is starting early and with a vengeance. She recounts her own recent brush with a tick attached to her leg while her dogs have been totally tick-free thanks to vigilant year-round use of Vectra topical tick repellent and killer (links to the recent New York Times articles about the proliferation and staying power of these parasites are below); Allison Denlea of Paws 4 Positive Training (the Official Trainer of the show) discusses the case of Martha B's dog Eli -- a rescue from Best Friends in Utah now living in Vermont -- who is becoming aggressive around his cage and how his story can help all of us recognize and manage aggression issues; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, joins Tracie to defend and explain the random quotes floating in cyberspace attributed to him (like falsehoods that he doesn't like pets and doesn't think they should be allowed) and to unmask the devious entity behind the full page ads in the New York Times and elsewhere that bash the HSUS. Tracie invited Wayne because of a letter she received from Cindy questioning Tracie's judgment about Wayne's moral consistency on behalf of all animals -- and to try to silence misinformed fanatics like "Zelda," who send quasi-hysterical email blasts trashing the Humane Society of the United States.
New York Times articles:
Mild Winter Means Longer Tick Season
Iceman, Lactose Intolerant
(I included this short article because of the incredible fact that this ancient man had Lyme disease! — which proves the point that Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins has made that ticks have been around for ages and outlive us all so you need the newest most effective technology like Vectra.)
Giant Jurassic Fleas Packed Mean Mouth
Dog Talk (3-16-2012) Major Dudu Avot, Deputy Commander of the K9 unit "Oketz" of the Israeli Defense Forces, discusses how Military Working Dogs are chosen and trained in Israel; Tracie swoons over the discovery of Megan Mayhew Bergman's first book of stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise; Michael McCann, president of Greyhound Rescue, talks about the consequences for dogs of racetracks closing (read about it in the New York Times) and April being Greyhound Rescue Month. Go to www.thegreyhoundProject.org to find greyhounds available in your area.
Dog Talk (3-9-2012) Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy -- the star of the TV series My Cat From Hell -- talks about helping your cat "find his mojo" by interactive play and the vital necessity of doing so every day, especially using a realistic wand toy like the Neko Flies (www.nekoflies.com) that he has featured on television and his own website; Maria Goodavage takes us behind the scenes in the world of Military Working Dogs in her new book SOLDIER DOGS and puts a new perspective on many aspects of dog learning and the human-animal bond; Dan Stallings took a beat-up discarded Weimaraner (Maverick) and turned him into a champion who pranced in the ring at Westminster dog show, but besides Weim rescue he is also a devoted dock diving competitor and talks about the variety of abilities and size of dogs who compete across the country through fun organizations like DockDogs.com , Ultimate Air Dogs and SplashDogs.com.
As Ms.Goodavage explained, we can all help pass the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act by contacting our legislators and asking them to support this bill that will preserve and protect canine members of our military after their service is complete. Military working dog legislation: http://www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorkingDogReclassification?ref=pb
Dog Talk (3-2-2012) Dr. Donna Spector (board certified veterinary internist, Official Second Opinion Vet of the show, Veterinary Nutrition Consultant) talks about geriatric nutrition: the need for quality ingredients and protein for senior pets as digestion becomes less efficient with age and the value of supplements for seniors, like omega-3 fatty acids (Tracie gives Nordic Naturals fish oil daily) and joint supplements (Tracie has used Platinum Performance for dogs and cats for decades); Dr. Donna explains prebiotics and probiotics (Tracie has started using Equine Platinum Gastric Support for Teddy who has tummy troubles); Donna also explains pancreatitis and how difficult it is to diagnose and manage; Dr. Annie Forslund, the home euthanasia specialist, talks about dog and cat corpses winding up in pet food! She explains how pets bodies are disposed of after death and wind up even with collars and tags along with "road kill" and sick cattle in rendering plants that supply dry pet foods that use rendered "meat" http://www.realfoods.net/renderingplant.html. Tracie talks about the New York Times letter to the editor from 250 human physicians confirming Tracie's advice to "pet chefs" that carbohydrates and protein metabolize differently (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/response-to-nytimes-the-fat-trap/) and carbs are what make our pets fat, and another article about a woman who professionally wrangles cats in New York City, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/nyregion/jordana-serebreniks-unusual-vocation-cat-catcher.html
Dog Talk (2-24-2012) Nancy Kerns, the editor of The Whole Dog Journal (which Tracie thinks is a must-have subscription for every canine household) discusses topics from recent issues: an intelligent debunking of outdated "alpha schmalfa" dominance theory in dog training, the 5 things you must do on a Home Health Exam in an emergency, and the superlative brain-teaser dog toys from Nina Ottoson; Josh Dean exposes the world behind the Westminster show ring in SHOW DOG with first rate historical information about dog breeding, the actual mechanics of getting a dog on the show circuit, and laugh out loud footnotes throughout; Tracie interviews the woman behind the protest called Dogs Vs. Romney outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden that got national media attention (with only two dogs in attendance!).
Dog Talk (2-17-2012) Dr. Sue Ettinger is an oncologist who co-authored the extraordinary THE DOG CANCER SURVIVAL GUIDE, with Dr. Demian Dressler, an essential resource for anyone whose dog has been diagnosed with this rampant disease. (Dr Ettinger can be found at animalspecialtycenter.com or DrSueCancerVet.com); John Woestendiek wrote DOG, INC. about the world of dog cloning and the fascinating rogues and dreamers he encountered; Dog Talk's® own Official Trainer Allison Denlea of Paws4Positive Training discusses the use of basket muzzles for aggressive dogs and the mantra "Until you can train, manage and restrain." For those who realize a muzzle may be in order for their own dog, you can go to KVVetsupply.com and use the phrase "Italian basket muzzle" or here are some links:
Dog Talk (2-10-2012) Tracie talks about recognizing and managing the pain that older dogs have from arthritis and adopting all the measures available as soon as you see signs of stiffness, difficulty getting up and moving around: a high quality joint supplement like Platinum Performance, an ecologically conscious and pure omega-3 fish oil like Nordic Naturals, use of anti-inflammatory medication like Metacam, a series of Adequan injections and finally the turn-back-the-clock miracle of stem-cell treatment; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses the pheromone spray and diffuser Feliway — when to use it and where not to employ it; Dr. Michael Moyer is the head of the department of shelter medicine at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school and discusses how to improve conditions in shelters for cats, which lowers their stress, reduces illness spreading, and increases adoptions because cats are more relaxed.
Dog Talk (2-3-2012) Dr. Karen Sueda (a veterinary behavior specialist at the VCA Hospital in West Los Angeles) discusses inter-cat aggression: how to avoid it, identify it, and resolve it; if you've ever wondered what owning a wolf or wolf-hybrid would be like, Ceiridwen Terrill's riveting account in PART WILD of buying and raising a wolf-hybrid puppy will cure you of any such misguided impulse; Dr. Annie Forslund (a California vet who specializes in-home pet euthanasia) discusses end-of-life issues and how to determine when "the time has come." (Find more information at www.HomePetEuthanasia.com.)
Dog Talk (1-27-2012) Dr. Elsey personally created all the cat-conscious litters for Precious Cat litter, and talks about the new Respiratory Relief Litter for asthmatic kitties and their people, as well as the "Save 5, Give 5" campaign for Multiple Myeloma Research; Paul Chutkow talks about the delights and challenges chronicled in his memoir ZELDA: The Queen of Paris about rescuing a New Delhi street dog and taking her along to Paris when he moved; Dr. Dennis Lawler is a research veterinarian who discusses the pitfalls in looking for black and white answers in biological medical situations (like rules about the rabies vaccine) when the answers are actually shades of gray.
Dog Talk (1-20-2012) Are you in the New York area and want to explore doing Happiness Visits with your dog to nursing homes, schools, hospitals or the Ronald McDonald house? Learn more about it from Nancy George-Michalson, the program coordinator of the NYC Pet Partners program and part of the Delta Society (http://www.deltasociety.org/); a Cinderella story that's too good to be true (but it is!) Dan Stallings founded the Mid-Atlantic Weimaraner rescue and, in the process of rescuing dogs, he saved the life of one dog who was in deplorable condition -- and happened to be an intact male with registration papers. Hear how under his show name Unforgettable this dog went from rags to riches and in a short time became a Grand Champion who will actually be competing at the Westminster Dog Show next month; Dr. Demian Dressler is a vet in Hawaii who has co-written THE DOG CANCER SURVIVAL GUIDE that should be on the shelf of any owner with a dog breed at risk for cancer -- and everyone whose dog already has cancer -- and even humans fighting cancer. A monumental work that is a life-changer and lifesaver.
Dog Talk (1-13-2012) Kimberly from the Anxiety Wrap company explains that the scientific torso compression (based on Temple Grandin's work) and acupressure points in the design of the Anxiety Wrap are what has given so much relief to Tracie's thunderstorm scairedy-cat Scooby Doo (who now also reacts the same way when the generator does a self-test every Saturday and makes him think the power has gone out so there must be a storm!) Kimberly tells how Tufts University Veterinary school did a study using the Anxiety Wrap that showed a nearly 90% reduction in anxiety behaviors during thunderstorms; Marine Mike Dowling talks about his fantastic Military Working Dog Sergeant Rex and his work alongside the dog in Iraq, which he chronicled so vividly in his book SERGEANT REX: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and his Military Working Dog; Lucy Postins, the owner of The Honest Kitchen discusses being a small private company and having the freedom to "give back" and make charitable contributions -- which she considers a privilege (and which makes Tracie really cross that some people have the gall to criticize her choice of charities!)
Dog Talk (1-06-2012) A sampling of Tracie's favorite conversations with Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, from their weekly podcast "Humane Talk" on www.HSUS.org: first, the brutal practice oyf horse "soring" in the three-and-five gaited horse show world, intentionally causing pain to a horse's feet to make them step higher; second, the heartwarming tale of an animal shelter created right next to a prison in Louisiana where dogs live with select prisoners who train and ready them for adoption; and finally, the concept of Meatless Mondays, both for people and pets, to raise awareness of and reduce the environmental impact of meat consumption.
Dog Talk (12-30-2011) A year-end treat! A long conversation with the divine and inimitable author Alexander McCall Smith -- adored by millions for his many series of books (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series being Tracie's favorite) -- who has finally made a dog the center of another hilarious series that introduces the Pimlico Terrier. (No, there is no such thing!) Freddie de la Hay in Corduroy Mansions and continues with The Dog Who Came in From the Cold. Alexander calls from his native Scotland to discuss his creative process -- where does he get inspiration from for his unforgettable characters? -- and explains how dogs and cats have fit into his own life (Augustus Basil the Tonkinese kitty being his current pet); Tracie discusses a recent cover article in the Sunday New York Times that highlighted the physical harm being done by breeders to the English Bulldog, and she goes further to include many other breeds being harmed by short-sighted breeding like the Pug, the American German Shepherd and even people insisting on "chocolate" standard poodles (many of which are the purposeful result of incest); Tracie does a year-end wrap up with Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, of animal-related accomplishments that really mattered in 2011 and resolutions for animals in the New Year.
Dog Talk (12-23-2011) Yolanda Eisenstein's Texas law firm specializes in animal law and her book for the American Bar Association, Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection and Advocacy is an inspiration and blueprint for those in law school looking to dedicate their talents to the betterment of animals, or for practicing lawyers or even retired ones who want to do pro bono work that benefits animals by improving laws; author Bill Henderson is the renowned East Hampton creator of Pushcart Press and the Pushcart Prize -- and now has written an utterly delightful memoir called All My Dogs, which also chronicles life as it used to be in the Hamptons from the more civilized 1960s; Julie Klam wrote You Had me at Woof which she now follows with her new book, Love at First Bark, with further adventures in dog rescue and good humored self-awareness.
SAVE 5, GIVE 5 CAMPAIGN ($5 COUPON FOR CAT ATTRACT LITTERS) "Save 5, Give 5" campaign by Precious Cat litter, which is a generous supporter of DOG TALK® (and Kitties, too!) Get a $5 coupon for Cat Attract and other litters and Precious Cat will donate $5 to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Dr. Elsey's wife Kathy is fighting against the cancer Multiple Myeloma and their company wants to continue funding research as they have with over $3 million already! Please help and get $5 off on your litter at the same time! Read more.
Dog Talk (12-16-2011) Dr. Alice Villalobos, world-renowned cancer veterinarian (and the Official Oncologist of both DOG TALK® and CAT CHAT®) talks about her new concept of identifying a 5th stage of a pet's life -- End of Life (EOL) -- which emphasizes quality of life in the final days, weeks or months for a pet; author Carl Anthony talks about how he dedicated himself to managing his adopted Weimaraner's End of Life and the article he wrote for Huffington Post about his experience (link to Part 2 below); Tracie discusses the difference in feeding carbohydrates to cats vs. dogs and how toy dogs have no need at all for dry food, while premium kibble can be one component of a large and active dog's menu. (Helping Old Pets, Part 1, Part 2)
Dog Talk (12-9-2011) Tracie reads a very touching letter from a couple who took her advice to get their sickly kitties off "kitty crack" and onto her favorite canned cat food, Weruva; Tracie wanted to share some of her favorite segments from the weekly online podcast Humane Talk that she has been creating for the website of the Humane Society of the United States with its CEO Wayne Pacelle. The first segment explains ballot initiatives and how politics can work to undermine animal welfare legislation; the second is about the importance of "Just Saying No to Fur" and the ethics of companies that go Fur Free, like "O" Magazine which now refuses fur ads and Overstock.com which has removed any real fur on any of their millions of items; the final segment is about the massive job of saving the lives of donkeys in Hawaii that have been abandoned after no longer being useful in the sugar trade and were airlifted to sanctuaries and adoptions on mainland U.S. by HSUS. (Tracie encourages others to adopt donkeys as she has!)
Dog Talk (12-2-2011) Betsey McFarland is the Senior Vice President for Companion Animals at the Humane Society of the United States and she recounts the extraordinary rescue mission undertaken to airlift a colony of feral cats off San Nicolas Island -- and the sanctuary where they are now housed, including a webcam to watch them (all links to the story and webcam are below); Karen Shanor, who wrote BATS SING, MICE GIGGLE: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives, discusses what we can learn from animals (especially the importance of play and naps!); the Official Dog Trainer of DOG TALK®, Allison Denlea of Paws4Positive Training, explains to Tracie why her youngest dog Teddy has learned bad attitudes from her older, more neurotic dogs -- and how daily obedience "homework" can get him back in balance, and how anyone in any multi-dog household is at risk for this occurrence. (Links: Stories of the San Nicholas Cats | Wayne's Blog Post on Two-Year Anniversary of Project | Interactive Webcam of Cats' Enclosure)
Dog Talk (11-25-2011) New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson combines a passion for her dog Scout -- star of THE PUPPY DIARIES -- with a reporter's inquisitive mind about all aspects of raising a puppy in this delightful, honest and thoughtful book. Tracie finds a "bone to pick" with Jill about her personal decisions about feeding choices, while saluting her for viewing dog training from every perspective and trying to incorporate all possible theories in teaching her beautiful Scout not to pull on the leash; Jackson Galaxy, the cat behavior genius who stars in Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, discusses the biggest challenges he had on the first season in managing some pretty out of control kitties, and how he uses feng shui and his own Spirit Essences to alter the energy and mood in some cat households. Tracie tells Jackson he'll be receiving signed copies of The Cat Bible for all the families he helped on his show.
Dog Talk (11-18-2011) Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the admittedly "dog-besotted" author of a luscious new book DOGS MAKE US HUMAN, with his text inspired by the dazzling photos of people and their dogs taken by wildlife photographer Art Wolfe during his travels around the globe -- Jeffrey calls into DOG TALK® from his home in New Zealand (where summer is just about to begin!) to discuss how he went from being a Freudian analyst to the author of the hugely best-selling book Dogs Don't Lie About Love (one of Tracie's old favorites) and discusses how a dog's love is better and truer than anything a mere human can manage; this captivating book really has to be on everyone's holiday wish list; Nancy Kerns, the editor of the indispensable Whole Dog Journal discusses some of the important recent articles in the magazine about Addison's disease (and how to know if your dog has it), Cushings Disease (ditto) and the newest rating of canned dog foods and how the list is compiled.
Dog Talk (11-11-2011) Do you remember the sad story of Gil, whose five-year-old guide dog Evie (the Furry Ferrari) was found to have cancer and died suddenly this year during chemotherapy? Well now there is terrific happy news! Gil talks about his new guide dog partner Satch, a big beautiful yellow Lab. Gil describes their partnership, from frolics in their local river (photo below) to squeezing into a small commuter plane for Satch's first-ever plane ride; Roselle is the heroine of Michael Hingson's riveting new book Thunder Dog, that chronicles the author escaping on 9/11 from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center Tower One with his brave and steady guide dog (recently awarded Hero of the Year by the American Humane Association). Mike Hingson also discusses the importance for all of us to really get to know our pet dogs better and to form a deeper relationship with them; artist Ron Burns created a tribute portrait of Roselle (a great gift for Labrador lovers!) with 40% of the sales supporting Roselle's Wish http://www.rosellefoundation.org/
Dog Talk (11-4-2011) Susan Orlean's RIN TIN TIN deserved every bit of the rave review it got on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. Susan talks to Tracie about how the arc of the canine film star's life and legend spans the history of dogs in our world, from war time to dog shows and how our "modern" understanding of the canine-human bond has actually been around a very long time; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins joins Tracie to explain how the pheromone products Feliway for cats and D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) work on our pets' emotional equilibrium and the inestimable value to a little puppy of wearing a D.A.P. collar in the first months of adaptation away from his mother and litter; they also discuss the ethical travesty of vet-prescribed and scientifically engineered dry food that veterinarians sell for cats that 1) can cause urinary tract problems, 2) then sell a second food that is supposed to "cure" the urinary stones and crystals caused by the first food, 3) and then sell a third food intended to "cure" the second kind of urinary stones caused by the second food. And to top it off, feeding these urinary formulas of dry food to cats who do not yet have urinary crystals from dry food can actually cause the very problem, in a horrible daisy chain of unnecessary illness.
Dog Talk (10-28-2011) Patrick Kruse is the brains behind Ruff Wear -- outdoor gear for dogs, a company and products Tracie has long-admired for their functionality with active dogs in the real world. Patrick talks about the Omnijore system Ruff Wear has developed that allows any dog to pull someone in remarkable a array of settings (see product description below); Carol Quinn's book FOLLOW MY LEAD: What Training My Dogs Taught Me About Life, Love and Happiness is a terrific blend of personal and universal truths about how we love and learn and what our dogs contribute to that process; Dr. Donna Spector, the Official Second Opinion Vet of the show talks about how she gets to the bottom of tricky cases, like the badness on mini-Dachshund Huckleberry.
Dog Talk (10-21-2011) Adrienne D. Davis (the Vice Provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri) discusses pet inheritance laws and how to protect your pets better than Leona Helmsley and Alexander McQueen, whose bequests were not legally air tight (she also discusses laws about animal welfare which extend to legal protection for guinea pigs in Switzerland!); Laura Pople is the head of SEER Farms Sanctuary, the much-needed sanctuary for pets that people need to place in a safe haven while they recover from medical problems, financial woes, deployment in the military or escape from a domestic abuse situation. She especially thanks the generous folks at Dr. Elsey's cat litter company who sent a second shipment of ONE TON of CAT ATTRACT litter to the sanctuary! SEER Farms has even taken in some colonies of feral cats (that had been looked after by people whose homes were lost in foreclosure) and Laura says the proof of Cat Attract litter's excellence is that those wild cats have never seen a litter box in their lives but go right into the box with Cat Attract in it!
Dog Talk (10-14-2011) This show celebrates PETFINDER.COM and shelter dogs everywhere! Betsy Saul was the founder of a brilliant new concept -- Petfinder.com -- when she created it as a "do-gooder hobby" in 1995. She tells all about how it has grown to the #1 pet site in the world, and now with over 2.5 million adoption per year (and an all time total of more than 17 million), and the millions of people who go to her website every day to indulge in "puppy por n" and dream about all the wonderful deserving dogs waiting for a real home; Michael Kloth's new photographic book SHELTER PUPPIES will melt your heart, and shows the world what gorgeous little pups are right in your nearby shelter (and all findable on Petfinder.com!); Lisa Prince Fishler is also a professional pet photographer who has enlisted Michael Kloth and other colleagues in a new non-profit called HeARTsSpeak.com which encourages professionals and other photographers to donate their talents to their local shelter to take better photos of the adoptable pets (which go up on Petfinder.com of course!) and vastly improve their chances of being adopted; Shana Bockleman talks about running the therapy dog program at her SPCA in Cincinnati and what sort of dogs make good candidates for working in schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.
Dog Talk (10-7-2011) The Anti-Puppy Mill Show! This show is devoted to issues surrounding the tragedy of puppy mills and what some people are doing about it. JON COOPER is the Majority Leader of the Suffolk County Legislature and he discusses a new resolution he introduced to the Legislature to create the nation's first rating system for stores that sell puppies; Andy Nibley is the director of the superb documentary MADONNA OF THE MILLS, following one woman who goes into Pennsylvania puppy mills and quietly saves one soon-to-be discarded breeding dog after another and sends them into real homes; Ed Fritz is the Executive Director of the SOUTHAMPTON ANIMAL SHELTER, where they have taken in some of the dogs rescued by the Madonna of the Mills and Ed talks about these new arrivals.
Dog Talk (9-30-2011) Tracie asks Allison Denlea, the Official Trainer of the show, how to introduce her Pack of Three Big Dogs to the squirrel-sized chocolate Lab puppy next door and Allison discusses the precautions and safeguards necessary when any grown dog is around a vulnerable puppy; Spencer Quinn has another fun dog's-eye-view detective mystery in The Dog Who Knew Too Much (and Tracie finds out why he uses this pseudonym when—as his "other self" Peter Abrahams—he has won an Edgar Award and Stephen King has heaped praise on his writing); Ellen Torop is the head of the Medford, Long Island Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and discusses the half Lab/half Golden Retriever puppies (raised by volunteers) and how they go on to assist people with physical challenges to be independent and all-around happier!
Dog Talk (9-23-2011) Lucy Postins, creator and owner of The Honest Kitchen, talks about her unusual new herbal teas for dogs and cats (yes, at long last, tea time for the four-legged set has arrived!) Tracie likes EASY PEESY for Scooby Doo's problems with bladder stones and has even made the calming tea QUIET for herself. (Everything from The Honest Kitchen is human edible and drinkable!) Tracie also thanks Lucy for her extraordinary generosity in choosing to provide The Honest Kitchen food for life for beautiful yellow Lab, Satchel, the marvelous new guide dog partnered with long time DOG TALK® listener Gil, who lost his beloved Evie the Furry Ferrari to cancer when she was only five (see the photo below of Gil and his gorgeous new partner!); Writer Wade Rouse talks about I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP, the delightful collection of stories and essays he edited by a great group of fine and funny writers, several of whom have already been on DOG TALK® themselves! Tracie talks about how she lectures and "hounds" her neighbors and friends who are feeding supermarket bagged food to their dogs -- and/or dry "kitty crack" to their cats -- and pokes some fun at herself for being the bossy older sister nobody wants to peek in their pet food pantry!
Dog Talk (9-16-2011) THE OLD-TIMERS SHOW! A whole show devoted to the issues affecting your senior dogs (which Dr. Phil explains means FIVE years old and up for large breed dogs, but maybe only 9 years old for a toy breed). Dr Phil Padrid, the official vet of the show, uses personal examples and cites important studies to explain why seeing the vet for a wellness visit twice a year can improve the quality and length of your old-timer's life; Nancy Kerns, the delightful Editor of (the indispensable) The Whole Dog Journal discusses a series of articles written over the years by WDJ contributor Lisa Rodier, which focus on how to manage old-timer's issues like Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and mobility challenges.
Dog Talk (9-9-2011) Dr. Stacey Radin formed Unleashed (www.UnleashedNY.org) to empower middle-school girls by pairing them with shelter dogs they work to get adopted; David Haworth, the new CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation shares his enthusiasm for the MAF's funding of medical advances for animals; Joanne Bourbeau, from the Humane Society of the United States in Vermont, talks about the need for legislation to protect dogs in even small breeding operations which can become horrible hoarding situations.
Dog Talk (9-2-2011) Tracie does a solo! A guest-free show in which Tracie talks about her shock at the amorality displayed by Adam Gopnik in his recent article "Dog Story" in The New Yorker, in which he blithely admits to knowingly buying a puppy mill puppy for his 11-year-old daughter from a "nice" pet store on Lexington Avenue (because it was easier than meeting a breeder) and never considers the lesson he is giving her in choosing not to add a puppy to their life the "right" way; she discusses how cats are not cold and impassive "furniture decorations" but instead have a rich and interesting intellectual and emotional life that is being ignored by many owners who do not provide stimulating play environments and opportunities for their felines to express their true "catness." Tracie mentions a recent New York Times Style Section article which tagged three "must have" fall clothing items, one of which was a braided fur jacket, which she suggests is something we all must not have in our wardrobe because of the ghastly consequences to the animals who gave up that fur; lastly, Tracie discusses how many people don't do anything for their older dogs who are limping and shuffling along in serious pain from arthritis, for which there are many treatments, including: a glucosamine supplement like Platinum Performance, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from a quality fish oil like Nordic Naturals; a liquid anti-inflammatory medication like Metacam, injections of Adequan, stem cell therapy like the one she got for her two dogs from Vet-Stem and then acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and swimming.
Dog Talk (8-26-2011) Jen Cronley is a reiki master—a native of Montauk on the East End (EastEndReiki.com) who discusses the value of using this hands-on healing, especially for older pets. Tracie suggests using it when putting a pet to sleep to ease both the humans and the animal as it crosses the Rainbow Bridge; Dr. Kate Hurley at U.C. Davis Veterinary School talks about her study (funded by the wonderful Morris Animal Foundation) of improved cages for cats in shelters, making them more cat-friendly and increasing adoptions; Staff Sergeant Christopher Fall calls from Kyrgyzstan (pronounced Kurgistan!) and talks about his remarkable Military Working Dog Lucky, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who works alongside Staff Sergeant Hall and other handlers as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, keeping our bases safe around the world.
Dog Talk (8-19-2011) Jennifer Holland, the author of UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS (who is also a senior editor at National Geographic) talks about the collection of breathtaking photographs and amazing stories of cross-species friendships she has gathered from around the world; Dr. Alice Villalobos (veterinary oncologist and also head of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics) discusses the options of palliative care and Pawspice for older animals with life-limiting illnesses and the moral dilemmas that veterinarians face every day in putting animals to sleep; Neil Abramson author of UNSAID, talks about how nearly losing his own veterinarian wife inspired him to write his novel from the point of view of a veterinarian who has died young and wonders what her life has amounted to, wrestles with the life and death decisions veterinarians have to make every day and worries about encountering all the animals she has put to sleep, and leaving behind a grieving husband and a menagerie of animals.
Dog Talk (8-12-2011) Victoria Stillwell, star of Tracie's favorite dog training television show IT'S ME OR THE DOG (and the book of the same name) talks about the challenge of finding a well-informed, gentle and effective dog trainer and how she has started Positively Dog Trainers, her own system of evaluating trainers; Tracie talks about misunderstandings about good dog nutrition by telling about a recent family picnic at her friends in Tyringham, Massachusetts where there were more dogs than people; and DOG TALK's® own Dr. Phil Padrid tells you the most important things to watch out for in protecting against risks in anesthesia for your dog and cat, recommending that you check "dog breed related genetic conditions" to see if your dog is at higher risk with anesthesia, like Dobermans are (and Maine Coon cats, too);
Tracie talks about how she brought a copy of I'LL WAIT IN THE CAR for the hostess of the dog-happy lunch in Tyringham and how all the dog-loving people loved the book, a dandy gift for any dog lovers in your life.
Dog Talk (8-05-2011) Don't take lumps on your pets for granted! Get every bump checked with a needle biopsy by your vet to make sure it is not cancerous! Veterinary oncologist Dr. Brian Huber discusses how to find cancers early in dogs and cats, the good cure rates for mast cell and other cancers when found early; Naturopathic (human patient!) doctor Keri Marshall, ND, talks about how people and their pets need omega-3 essential oils (preferably from fish oil like Nordic Naturals); Laura-Flynn Amato has personally saved over 2,000 neglected breeding dogs from Pennsylvania puppy mills and is the subject of the HBO documentary (airing August 24th) called MADONNA OF THE MILLS.
Dog Talk (7-29-2011) Hear all about my new podcast, interviews with Wayne Pacelle (CEO of the Humane Society of the United States) and I brag about our new joint venture, a weekly podcast on the HSUS.org website called HUMANE TALK, in which I interview Wayne about topics he raises in his thought-provoking blogs; a heart-warming welcome to Satch, the new guide from Pilot Dogs for Gil Lutz, who recently lost his beautiful young guide Evie to cancer (and inspired the Cancer Special show); Gil talks about the guide dogs who preceded Satch and what that partnership and bond between man and dog is really like; and a fabulously generous offer of the healthiest dog food on the planet for Satch from Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen, the raw dehydrated "human tested" food my dogs eat as part of every meal.
Dog Talk (7-22-2011) The MILITARY WORKING DOG SPECIAL! An in-depth look at all aspects of the great canines (and their handlers) who are serving our country all over the world: Dr. Stewart Hilliard explains how dogs are chosen over in Europe for a career in the military; Major Roberts talks about the training of both dogs and handlers from all branches of the military; and Veterinary Behaviorist Walter Burghardt talks about providing medical and psychological support for the over 1,500 canines working for the U.S. worldwide, in particular how to recognize and handle PTSD in dogs.
Dog Talk (7-15-2011) THE SECOND ANXIETY SPECIAL! So many listeners were interested in solutions to their dogs' issues with separation and thunderstorms, this show is entirely devoted to the topic. Hear a sample of "Through a Dog's Ear" played by concert pianist Lisa Spector, who partnered with a "sound scientist" to develop a series of CDs to soothe dogs' nerves. The Calm your Canine series can also settle down a roomful of four-year-old humans! And there's also the "Driving Edition: Music to Calm your Dog in the Car"; Susan Sharpe, dog trainer and developer of the ANXIETY WRAP and FACE WRAP explains the science behind the development of these tools for naturally calming an anxious dog at home or in the car; Dr.Terry Curtis, one of the 50 board-certified Veterinary Behaviorists in the country discusses how she uses D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) on every canine house call and often uses FELIWAY on the kitties with behavior issues. She teaches at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and will travel 3 hours in any direction from there to make house calls for lucky Floridians with pet problems!
Tracie Interviewed: I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed about how dogs and cats fit into the family unit on a live Internet radio show called "Family First." For anyone who has children of any age and is considering adding a pet to your household or to anyone who has pets that are creating tension or discord between parents or parents and children, I invite you to hear my advice in this interview. Additionally, I talk about the causes of dog bites to children and how to educate yourself and your children to prevent being bitten, a topic I recently discussed with Victoria Stillwell from "It's Me or the Dog" on DOG TALK®.
Raffle For A Great Canine Cause: Check out Canine Health Event Inc.'s Summer Raffles at http://www.caninehealthevents.org/raffles.htm!! We are raffling off a weekend at a dog-friendly cottage on Cape Cod, a handmade quilt by Pat McKinney, beautiful artwork by Debbie Claussen and Barry Rosen, and a $250 gift certificate for Max200. All proceeds from this raffle go toward canine health research and dog owner education. Our past raffles have supported research by the Golden Retriever Foundation, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation. Pass this on to your friends and help us help dogs!
Dog Talk (7-8-2011) Journalist Elisabeth Bumiller talks about her recent New York Times article about dogs in the military, specifically in the Marines (like the dog who helped on the Bin Laden mission in Pakistan); Dr. Nancy Kay shares advice about how to be a "responsible surfer" when asking "Dr. Google" for veterinary advice and how to share that information with your own vet using suggestions from her book SPEAKING FOR SPOT; anthropologist Pat Shipman discusses new findings on how far back in history dogs were allied with people, from her book THE ANIMAL CONNECTION: A New Perspective on What Makes us Human.
Dog Talk (7-01-2011) The author of DOG SENSE: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet John Bradshaw calls from the "other Southampton" (England!) where he founded the Anthrozoology Institute at the University there (and another at the University of Bristol) to discuss the problems with pedigreed dogs in the U.K. and America; Tracie discusses dog bite prevention and how to choose a skilled dog trainer with Victoria Stillwell, the star of "It's Me or the Dog,"(the TV dog training show Tracie most admires) and author of a book by the same name which is as beautifully photographed as it is very useful for training advice (links to organizations mentioned in the interview are below); Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins and Tracie discuss the increasing danger of ticks to us and our dogs with the emergence of the malaria-like infection called babesiosis being carried by deer ticks, which is less common than Lyme disease but can be fatal. This recent New York Times article explains all.
Organizations mentioned in the Victoria Stillwell interview: For information on how currently-practicing dog trainers can join her global network go to www.positively.com/training; for information on educating schoolchildren about dog safety go to http://doggonesafe.com; for information on how to get training to become a dog trainer go to http://www.karenpryoracademy.com/.
Dog Talk (6-24-2011) A Whole Show Devoted To Understanding Cancer Chemotherapy: More than half of the dogs whose people are listening to this show will get some kind of cancer. You owe it to yourself and your pets to learn everything you can now. This show was inspired by the tragic and sudden death of the 5-year-old Black Lab Evie, who was the guide dog for my long time listener Gil. He discovered her cancer and got what he thought was the best treatment, yet was shocked and confused that she died within a week of receiving chemotherapy. I wanted to know more about what risks there are in chemotherapy and also whether the treatment given Evie was correct. The first guest on this show is Dr. Brian Huber, a wonderful and smart cancer veterinarian I met a few years ago at Western Veterinary Conference, where I had been invited by Jack Stephens, the owner of Pets Best insurance (which would have paid for this or any cancer treatment, by the way). Dr Huber owns Oncura Partners, which provides chemotherapy protocol and instructions for people's own vets to administer -- the most up-to-date medications, protective gear and a support system for the primary veterinarian with questions or emergencies. The second guest is Dr. Donna Spector (www.SpectorDVM.com) who is the official Second Opinion Vet on this show, who discusses the particulars of this case and how she can function as a support system for you and your primary vet when you are making decisions and going through cancer diagnosis and treatment. (For the entire email exchange between Dr. Huber, Dr. Spector and Tracie, please go to my blog post.)
Dog Talk (6-17-2011) Alexandra Horowitz, Barnard professor and and author of the (huge!) best seller INSIDE OF A DOG discusses a variety of topics from the book; Alison Pace tells about her fun mystery romp with Max (an art-discerning pug) in the Metropolitan Museum in New York in her novel A PUG'S TALE; the owner of Sheapet skin products for dogs discusses where this organic, fair trade shea butter comes from and the villages in Uganda which are sustained by his company.
Dog Talk (6-10-2011) World-renowned veterinarian Dr. Bruce Fogle (author of a marvelous new book DOG) discusses a new way of spaying female dogs removing only the ovaries; (human) geriatrician Dr. David Dosa author of MAKING ROUNDS WITH OSCAR discusses this remarkable cat who predicts when elderly patients are going to die; Inspector Stuart Cameron Commanding Officer with the Special patrol Bureau of the Suffolk County Police Department discusses the training of "cadaver dogs" who have recently been searching Long Island beaches for the remains of victims of a serial killer.
Dog Talk (6-3-2011) Author Dale Peterson talks about his new book THE MORAL LIVES OF ANIMALS and how Jane Goodall inspired his fascinating journey to discover whether animals have a moral sense; great advice for about 3 treatment options for hyperthyroidism in cats from Dr Phil Padrid, the Official Vet of DOG TALK®, and an explanation of which vaccinations are needed for dogs and cats.
Don't forget to put your aging kitty cat into the WERUVA OLDEST KITTY CONTEST and win great Weruva and BFF (Best Feline Friend) food from PETFLOW.com as well as copies of THE CAT BIBLE! Send photo, your cat's name and age to Tracie at RadioPetLady@gmail.com
Dog Talk (5-27-2011) Stacie Forman, co-owner with her husband of WERUVA pet food, talks about the little blind senior dog she just rescued and fulfilled a dream of saving an older pet -- and she announces the OLDEST KITTY CONTEST with multiple winners getting a case of Weruva and BFF (Best Feline Friend) from PETFLOW.COM and also copies of THE CAT BIBLE! [Send your older kitty's photo to RadioPetLady@gmail.com and tell your friends to do the same]; Pete Nelson and Tracie read a very funny chapter from his novel I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD, with Tracie taking the part of Stella, the very smart dog who is the heroine of the book; Nancy Kerns, editor of THE WHOLE DOG JOURNAL discusses her editorial about how private rescues and shelters sometimes make it too hard or unpleasant for would-be adopters, who then might go to The Mall (heaven forbid!) to buy a puppy straight from a puppy mill; Tracie urges anyone with an itchy dog to get a subscription at Whole-Dog-Journal.com so they can treasure the April 2011 issue devoted to everything you need to know (and many vets do not) about the causes and treatments for the allergies that are the cause of any itchiness.
Dog Talk (5-20-2011) Mark Herthel of Platinum Performance discusses how joint supplements work and the promise of stem cell therapy for healing; Dr. Peter Li of Humane Society International discusses the recent interception in China of a truck with over 400 stolen dogs and puppies destined for restaurants and general Chinese attitudes towards eating dogs and having them as pets; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, talks about his best-selling book THE BOND: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them and how people across the country are responding positively to raising consciousness about the physical and emotional life of all animals.
Dog Talk (5-13-2011) Kathleen Summers, Puppy Mill Campaign manager for the Humane Society of the United States, discusses the scams of online puppy sales and how puppies sold online come from puppy millers; a look at "the other side" of puppy purchasing in a discussion with Dana, who breeds European stock German Shepherds at Shepherds of the Mount and talks about the "breeder's dilemma" in choosing the right buyers for her puppies; HOMER'S ODYSSEY author Gwen Cooper explains the blind (literally eyeless) black kitten she named Homer and the lessons she learned from him about facing life with a fearless embrace of the unknown.
Dog Talk (5-6-2011) Litter box expert Dr. Elsey -- who is a feline-only veterinarian practicing in Colorado (where his company Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat litters is also situated) -- talks about how to avoid out-of-litter-box issues with the number of litter boxes (one for each cat plus "one for the house"), what sort of box and also where you place them; Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Karen Sueda from VCA Hospital in West Los Angeles discusses serious aggression in dogs -- what factors raise the danger level and when the last resort of putting a dog to sleep is indicated; Linda Francis Lee talks about her book EMILY AND EINSTEIN in which a character who was a cad of a husband dies and comes back as the wife's quirky Jack Russell terrier.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society helps barnyard animals as well as dogs and cats which it is matching with people who have lost them in tornado-damaged Alabama. To help go to www.GBHS.org or make a $10 quick donation text GBHS to 50555.
Dog Talk (4-29-2011) Board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debbie Horowitz from St. Louis discusses the recent tornado in her area and how D.A.P. (dog appeasing pheromone) can help with storm phobia, and Tracie explains how much the Anxiety Wrap also helps Scooby Doo; author Andrew O'Hagan calls from England to discuss his world-acclaimed novel THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF MAF THE DOG, AND OF HIS FRIEND MARILYN MONROE, inspired by the little Maltese dog who shared Marilyn Monroe's life; Dr. Donna Spector, the Official Veterinary Nutrition Expert of DOG TALK® discusses the inadvisability and pitfalls of a vegan diet for dogs, and the challenge of preparing a canine vegetarian diet (and neither making sense for a cat, whose preferred diet is well described by the definition of a cat as an obligate carnivore.
To find out if one of the 54 board-certified veterinary behaviorists is near you, go to www.dacvb.org; to find a veterinarian who is especially interested in dog and cat behavior issues (but is not board-certified) go to The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior www.avsabonline.org.
Dog Talk (4-22-2011) Tracie chats with the co-founders of Robinhood Radio, WHDD in Sharon, Connecticut, "the smallest NPR station in the nation" that is now re-broadcasting DOG TALK®; Thomas Pletzinger talks about his widely acclaimed first novel FUNERAL FOR A DOG that Tracie says is like stepping into someone else's dream (or nightmare) and being transported to another reality. Thomas reads aloud from his book for the first time; sports writer and Golden Retriever owner Ann Ligouri (also host of the weekly PPB show Sports Innerview on Saturday mornings at 9 AM) talks with Tracie about whether to breed her gorgeous and wonderful 4-year-old Golden Skye or whether to neuter him and adopt another young Golden.
Starting this week you can hear DOG TALK® (and Kitties, too!) right over the air at 11 AM on Saturdays if you live anywhere reached by WPPB, Peconic Public Broadcasting on Long Island -- or at
1 PM 7 AM (new time!) on Sundays on Robinhood radio, WHDD from Sharon, Connecticut and heard in Litchfield and Dutchess counties and in the Berkshires.
Dog Talk (4-14-2011) Dr. Greg Martinez talks about the nutrition advice in his book DOG DISH DIET and how to feed your dog real and healthy food; Allison Weiss Entrekin's delightful book FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS makes a great gift for all ages (as does the fun magazine she edits, Doggie Aficionado); Ed Breslin discusses the relationship between his alcoholism and his dog in DRINKING WITH MISS DUTCHIE. Read Tracie's Canine Cappuccino blog.
Dog Talk (4-7-2011) April is Greyhound Adoption Month and Michael McCann encourages people to add "the world's fastest couch potato" to their lives by going to www.adopt-a-greyhound.org; Steven Kotler's book A SMALL FURRY PRAYER delves into many aspects of dog rescue like the one he and his wife run for Chihuahuas in New Mexico; Tracie recommends the current issue of The Whole Dog Journal investigating itchy skin problems in dogs as the best reason yet to get a subscription: she discusses myth-debunking advice on how to find out if your dog really has allergies with Nancy Kerns, the editor of WDJ and author of the article (which extensively quotes Dr. Donna Spector, the Official Second Opinion Vet of DOG TALK® (as well as our Official Veterinary Nutrition Consultant).
Dog Talk (3-31-2011) Dr Nick Trout talks about his new book EVER BY MY SIDE: A Memoir in 8 Pets and what the human-animal bond has meant in his own family, as well as that of his patients; certified natural health professional Stuart Tomc explains the importance of adding omega-3 essential fatty acids to your diet (Nordic Naturals fish oil being Tracie's choice for her human and pet family); Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins continues the nutrition conversation (she, too, takes Nordic Naturals oils!) and discusses the harm of a diet heavy in highly processed carbohydrates, whether for humans or animals, and the value of high percentages of high quality proteins and fats; Tracie mentions having found a tick on herself and Dr. Elizabeth explains how we need to protect our pets against ticks, fleas and mosquitoes and apparently this is now a year-round threat.
Here's the book on nutrition that Dr. Hodgkins speaks about during the interview: INFLAMMATION NATION by Floyd Chilton and Laura Tucker.
Ticks are here already! As you will hear in Tracie's conversation with Dr. Elizabeth, Tracie found a tick on herself after only one warm day during a still-freezing Spring. Dr. Elizabeth said she heard the same thing from a person in Minnesota -- which means our dogs are already at risk for exposure to any of the terrible tick-borne diseases that can have lifelong consequences for our dogs. Please get Vectra 3D from your veterinarian (or if your vet chooses not to carry it, you can get Vectra at any Banfield cilnic, where it is called First Shield but is the same product made by the same company.
Dog Talk® (3-24-2011) Trainer Karen Fazio is the Dog Super Nanny (TheDogSuperNanny.com) and will go anywhere in America to stay at your house for a night or longer to observe you and your dogs and help find positive solutions to behavior issues (call it a Pawjama party!); Katrina Kittle wrote the luminous novel BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS which Tracie adored for the way it wove many different kinds of animals into the complicated marital problems of the heroine - a veterinarian who also does rescue work.
PETFLOW OFFER: Dr Elsey's Urine Removal Program is a professional and thoroughly effective way to remove urine odor from any surface. You can get it from Petflow.com (with free shipping by putting DOGTALK in the code box) but there is also a wholesale price for veterinarians offices and for animal shelters and rescues.
PUREBRED CAT SHELTER: Looking for a particular breed of cat? 30% of kitties at shelters are purebred -- and there is also the very special rescue that specializes in purebred cats: www.purebredcatrescue.org
PETSMART DISCOUNT: Shopping tip: all Martha Stewart pet products at Petsmart are 20% off for the month of March. Check out the really nice designs and colors in toys, dog clothing and equipment!
Dog Talk® (3-17-2011) Dr. Elsey explains how he came up with the ideas for his innovative clumping and silica litters and how shelter cats helped him get the mix of herbs to their liking in Cat Attract litter; the Grande Dame of clicker training, Karen Pryor, discusses her delightful new book Reaching the Animal Mind and the way that dogs, cats and many other animals like dolphins and ponies can become partners in their own training; Dog Talk's® Official Vet Dr. Phil Padrid says "Sleep with your pets and kiss them all you want!" explaining why he was infuriated by the terrible advice and pseudo-science behind the recent news items cautioning against co-sleeping with pets.
Dog Talk® (3-10-2011) Trainer Allison Denlea of Paws for Positive Training talks about her new Springer Spaniel puppy: how the breeder protected against "Springer rage" and how every proper breeder should work to keep defective genes out of the lines of dogs they breed; Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch is Vice-President of the American Association of Rehabilitative Veterinarians (you can look for a rehab vet near you through the AARV: www.rehabvets.org. Dr. Evelyn is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and discusses the different ways she prevents and helps repair sports injuries in dogs (see links below) and provides rehab after surgery at her clinic near Atlanta, Georgia; author Ann Dziemianowicz (Tracie even pronounced it correctly!) wrote the endearing gift book Careers for Your Cat with terrific personality tests you can give your cat to figure out the best gainful employment opportunities for your feline friend.
Dog Talk® (3-3-2011) Hal Herzog and his fascinating book SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals;Jane Angelich talks about how she was a winner in a big contest from British Airways with her SuperCollar; David Forman and Tracie discuss how Weruva came to be and they announce WINNERS OF THE CUTEST KITTY PHOTO CONTEST! -- with top prizes a case of Weruva and Best Feline Friend from www.Petflow.com and runners-up a bottle of Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Oil! Also, check out the unique, useful and funny new chew-or-throw dog toy called Fetchstix from the folks at Wagatha's.
Dog Talk® (2-24-2011) Founder Alex Zhardanovsky explains what Petflow.com is all about; Tracie talks about the Westminster dog show: what is up with rare breeds like Scottish Deerhounds and Clumber Spaniels -- with virtually no competition amongst themselves winning Best in Show when the most competitive and popular breeds like Labradors and Goldens are routinely ignored for the top prize, even though they face much stiffer competition and therefore higher standards within the breeds; author, pilot and search-and-rescue volunteer Susannah Charleson inspires all of us with her book SCENT OF THE MISSING: Love & Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog; holistic veterinarian and acupuncturist Dr Patrick Mahaney (who makes house calls in Los Angeles from "California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness") talks about zoonotic diseases and why the possibility of transmission of disease between ourselves and our pets is a good reason not to sleep with them.
Dog Talk® (2-18-2011) It's all about LOVE this Valentine's Week! Susan Wilson wrote ONE GOOD DOG and it is one good book! A novel about the love that grows between a pit bull rescued from dog fighters and a man seeking redemption; cat behavior consultant Jackson Galaxy (of Spirit Essences fame) discusses how sometimes the most loving decision can be to re-home a cat (as Tracie had to do with her kitties years ago); author Jennifer Freed shares the wisdom her kitty taught her about how to best love each other in LESSONS FROM STANLEY THE CAT.
Dog Talk® (2-11-2011) John Balzar recounts the absolutely most amazing race of men, women and sled dogs in YUKON ALONE: The World's Toughest Adventure Race with such brilliant writing that you will feel you are there yourself; Lucy Postins from The Honest Kitchen explains why genuine colors in food signify real food value, vitamins and antioxidants; and Dr. Myrna Milani of Tipping Point Behavioral Consulting Services (www.mmilani.com) discusses dog aggression and the dangers of not recognizing dog body language and managing incipient aggression when it first emerges and before it becomes what she calls "a Greek tragedy."
Dog Talk® (2-4-2011) THE ANXIETY SHOW! A whole show devoted to understanding various forms of anxiety in our dogs and cats and the ways to calm and soothe them. Dr. Karen Sueda, the President of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (and one of only 54 board certified veterinary behaviorists in the world - who does evaluations at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital) talks about using D.A.P. for dogs and Feliway for cats among other treatments; Susan Sharpe, dog trainer and developer of the Anxiety Wrap (www.AnxietyWrap.com) talks about its use for thunderstorm phobia but also for nervous car travelers, vet clinic visits, and even for cats; cat behavior consultant Jackson Galaxy describes the different Spirit Essences or anxiety and how to acclimate your kitty to a carrier so it doesn't cause high anxiety for travel, vet visits or emergency evacuations. Go to www.SpiritEssence.com where Dog Talk listeners get a discount!
Dog Talk® (1-28-2011) In a popular blog, New York Times journalist Dave Marcus talks about about his non-academic son who instead is seeking a future helping animals: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/a-fathers-acceptance; author Marilyn Krieger discusses remedies for unwanted cat behavior with her new book NAUGHTY NO MORE; Tracie and Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discuss the pheromone products that help pets emotional issues: Feliway (also known as Comfort Zone) for cats and D.A.P. ("Dog Appeasing Pheromone" ) for dogs.
Dog Talk® (1-21-2011) Inga Fricke from the Humane Society of the United States talks about the problem of threats and false accusations against shelter directors and workers, and how the HSUS is encouraging respect and kindness to other people (not just animals!) by signing a pledge to treat other people well which Tracie did and hopes everyone else will, too, at www.animalsheltering.org/pledge; first time author Larry Levin was inspired to write OOGY: THE DOG ONLY A FAMILY COULD LOVE by the dog who became a member of his family after being torn apart as a puppy used as bait for fighting dogs; Dr. Donna Spector, the Official Second Opinion Vet of DOG TALK® discusses alternative therapies for arthritis like Adequan (which many doctors are using only short term, which shortens its value to the dog) and stem cell therapy (Tracie wants to try it), as well as simple solutions for common conditions like constipation in older cats which your own vet may not consider.
Dog Talk® (1-14-2011) DOG, INC. author and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Woestendiek discusses cloning and all the eccentric characters he met who wanted their dogs cloned; Dr. Nancy Kay (www.SpeakingforSpot.com) and Tracie discuss a less invasive way to spay female dogs (leaving the uterus) and the merits of delaying spay and neuter age for large breed dogs for possible health benefits; Spirit Essence owner Jackson Galaxy, who is also a cat behavior consultant, talks about how to teach your cat to love the carrier so that in emergency situations or for health reasons you can transport your kitty safely (Tracie and Jackson discuss the tragic story of Lex & Lyle's heart-stopping struggle to be transported and then the miraculous recovery, with the aid of the Ultimate Healthy Helper trio from Spirit Essence)
Dog Talk® (1-7-2011) Dr. Elsey gets a big thank you from Ann of SEER Farms Sanctuary for Precious Cat's generous donation of loads of litter for their 175 (yes!) kitties in long term foster care, and Dr. Elsey helps Tracie answer her Pets Best Facebook "question of the week" about cats marking; Dr. Nick Dodman celebrates both our senior canine family members and the huge success of his new book GOOD OLD DOG with recommendations for how to anticipate and deal with the issues of old age in your dog; Surf Dog Ricochet's owner and trainer Judy Fridono explains how Ricochet went from being trained as a service dog to being a champion canine surfer raising funds for many human and animal causes.
Have questions for Tracie? The best place to ask them and get a timely response these days is on the Facebook page of Pets Best insurance, the company that insures Tracie's dogs and is now a sponsor of the show. You can put your question right on the FB wall, as long as it indicates "Ask Tracie" - and every week she will pick one question and answer to read aloud on the air.
Dog Talk® (12-31-2010) Tracie's celebrates DOG TALK's® 200th show (WOW! can you believe it?!) - and the very last one for 2010 - with a man she holds in the highest regard - Wayne Pacelle, who is the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, which Tracie supports in every possible way. Please enjoy their wide-ranging conversation discussing topics which have been distorted by the well-funded opposition to HSUS (agri-business that wants no meddling in the way factory-farmed animals are treated) so that many otherwise thoughtful, animal-loving people have gotten on an anti-HSUS bandwagon. Tracie wants to help reverse this trend by letting Wayne dispel general ignorance about what HSUS does and why. The conversation includes explaining the true purpose of HSUS and why funding individual shelters is not part of their mandate - the relationship between HSUS being instrumental in both jailing Michael Vick and also involved in his rehabilitation and outreach to inner city dog-fighting youth - busting the myth that HSUS is against pet ownership or responsible dog breeding, and generally sharing a year's end message that we all can do some moral accounting and improve on the decisions we make about where we spend our money and how that affects many animals on the planet, not just our pets.
A happy healthy and vibrant New Year to all the two-legged listeners and their four-legged companions - we'll talk again in 2011!
Dog Talk® (12-24-2010) The remarkable 14-year-old Mimi Ausland explains how she created Freekibble.com when she was only a child (a mere 11 years old, 3 years ago!) and is now partnered with HALO Purely for Pets to feed shelter pets the very best food; dog trainer Laura Pakis of Acme Canine in Lewis Center Ohio (whom Tracie originally met at Camp Pawsitively Adventure) describes some fun indoor activities for your dog; Gene Baur wrote FARM SANCTUARY: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food and talks about a lifetime of caring about the horrors of factory farming and educating others by showing them the delightful individual animals at Farm Sanctuary who were once the discarded debris of agribusiness operations, rescued by Gene and other right-minded folks. Merry Christmas! (and I mean that in a secular sense, so no one need feel left out or offended!) I hope Santa is good to one and all. Next week is the last show of 2010 and the incredible 200th DOG TALK® I will celebrate by devoting the whole show to a wide-ranging conversation with Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle. Be sure to tune in!
Dog Talk® (12-17-2010) Tracie has always admired author Scott Spencer ever since reading the unforgettable ENDLESS LOVE, and now talks about his new fascinating new novel MAN IN THE WOODS and the role Scott's own dog Shep plays in the story; BATS SING, MICE GIGGLE: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives has temporarily sold out and author Karen Shanor describes some of the amazing aspects of animal behavior, and her own dogs Viva and Schaum; Nancy Kerns, editor of The Whole Dog Journal (Tracie's pick as a great gift for the dog-lover in the family) discusses recent articles about car manners and safety and Dr. Nancy Kay's article on spaying female dogs taking only the ovaries.
Dog Talk® (12-10-2010) Julie Klam reads from her hilarious new book YOU HAD ME AT WOOF: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness (which you might have read about in the New York Times); photographer Michael Kloth explains how he got the magnificent cat photos that are Tracie's all-time favorites in SHELTER CATS; Dog Talk's® Official Second Opinion Vet Dr. Donna Spector (www.SpectorDVM.com) describes how she can work with you and your vet to solve confusing or chronic health issues -- a service which Tracie is glad to say that her sponsor (and her own dogs' insurance company) Pets Best will cover if you have a policy -- which Tracie reminds you once again to not put off. So call Pets Best right now to get financial protection and peace of mind.
Dog Talk® (12-3-2010) Hear the joys and travails and what fostering a dog is all about from uber-Foster Mom Sharon Peters in Colorado; Hal Herzog, author of the fascinating and funny book SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals discusses anthrozoology and the philosophical issues surrounding people and animals; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses pet insurance with Tracie and why more vets need to urge their patients to get this essential protection (and why they need a topical protection like Vectra against fleas and ticks, too).
Dog Talk® (11-26-2010) Gotham Chopra wrote WALKING WISDOM: Three Generations, Two Dogs and the Search for a Happy Life with his father Deepak Chopra - discusses growing up with such a renowned father (who was originally not a "dog person") and the effects of Nicholas, Gotham's childhood dog and Cleo the dog who is front & center in his life now; Dr Teri Meekins from the Southampton Shelter (the Official Shelter of DOG TALK®), who is the person who describes the dogs and cats for adoption every week, talks about the importance of micro-chipping and spaying and neutering pets; Barry Seltzer is an estate planning lawyer who wrote FAT CATS & LUCKY DOGS: How to Leave (some of) Your Estate to Your Pet, which gives everyone the tools they need to make sure they make a plan for what will happen to their pets if they have a serious illness or die.
Dog Talk® (11-19-2010) Mark Herthel of Platinum Performance supplements tells the amazing story of the paralyzed donkey, Eli, who was saved by stem cell injections at his father's equine veterinary clinic; Jennifer Arnold wrote THROUGH A DOG'S EYES (seen on PBS) and founded the Canine Assistants non-profit organization that trains dogs to help people with special needs; rock-star dog trainer Tamar Geller (she is the rock star, although she trains lots of celebrity dogs, too!) discusses her charitable work with veterans and dogs, Operation Heroes & Hounds and her newest training book 30 DAYS TO A WELL-MANNERED DOG.
Dog Talk® (11-12-2010) Learn all about SEER Farms, a most original and impressive animal sanctuary in New Jersey which provides a temporary safe haven for pets displaced by economic crisis, medical needs, deployment to the military or domestic violence; John Zeaman, wrote DOG WALKS MAN: A Six-Legged Odyssey which is a pure gem of a book (he reads the excerpt you'll find in BARK Magazine winter issue); David Forman, founder of Weruva pet food, describes how he and his wife Stacie took the germ of an idea to put top quality food in a pet food can and have had the success to become the David vs. Goliath success story of the pet food world.
CHARITABLE REMINDER: Please remember to buy Precious Cat litter products in the month of November because 100% of proceeds go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Thank you!
Dog Talk® (11-05-2010) Dr Elsey of Precious Cat litters tells why 100% of all proceeds for the month of November will be going to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation; Glenn Plaskin with his delightful and heart warming book KATIE UP & DOWN THE HALL; Dr. Phil Padrid and Tracie discuss the honesty and transparency that is the hallmark of the veterinarian-client relationship, something to be cherished as it differs greatly from the accountability in human medicine when things don't go well, as they did not for poor Scooby Doo, whose torn cruciate ligament repair had to be repeated when the metal plate broke inside his leg - but it actually made Tracie like and respect his surgeon Faulkner Besancon even more!
Dog Talk® (10-29-2010) David Yaskulka from HALO Purely for Pets talks about their million meals given away to shelter pets through Freekibble.com; Mark Herthel from Platinum Performance explains how glucosamine works in the body and what free radicals are; Jim Gorant talks about his book THE LOST DOGS, the chronicle of the journey Michael Vick's fighting dogs have made; Dr. Alice Villalobos (the Official Oncologist of the show) discusses moral issues that veterinarians grapple with, especially in end-of-life situations
Tracie continues discussing reactions to the topic of whether it is all right to responsibly buy a puppy -- and posts a blog "Eat Your Vegetables - Children Are Starving in India" is as illogical as "Don't Buy a Maltese puppy Until Every 3 year old Pit bull is adopted"
Dog Talk® (10-22-2010) Tracie speaks her mind about some nasty emails she received after last week's show in which she discussed how to go about buying a puppy, which is apparently an unacceptable idea to some in the rescue community [see blog here for more on this topic]; dog trainer Susan Sharpe, who developed the Anxiety Wrap, talks about how it can work for separation anxiety and travel anxiety — along with the Face Wrap she has developed; Dr. Donna Spector (a board certified Internal Medicine vet and a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association), talks about launching her new business as a virtual "Second Opinion Vet" to work with pet owners and their own veterinarians to find answers and solutions for the difficult medical issues that can arise that she may be able to help identify and treat.
Dog Talk® (10-15-2010) DOG TALK’S® trainer Allison Denlea (paws4positive.com) discusses reasons to buy a puppy instead of adopting and how to know what you’re getting; Kyra Sundance of Stunt Dog Show fame and her book 101 DOG TRICKS; author Monica Holloway and her captivating book COWBOY & WILLS about the Golden Retriever who helped her autistic son overcome his challenges.
And a correction to last week's announcement: I mistakenly gave the name of Erin Dunn's website as thedogblog.com, when her blog is really AllDogBlog.com that won the Proportions contest.
Dog Talk® (10-08-2010) Tracie reminds everyone to come hear her talk about pet nutrition at the Fido Festival OctoberFetch Sunday October 10th at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Southern New Jersey -- and thanks her guest, Dr. Elsey of Precious Cat litters for his amazing donation of an entire PALLET of their superior litter to the small, valiant and struggling shelter Salem County Humane Society -- that will also receive the profits from sales of THE DOG BIBLE & THE CAT BIBLE at Tracie's booth, where she will have HALO goody bags for the first 300 visitors; Tracie discussed novel protein foods for allergic dogs with double board certified veterinary dermatologist Dr. Domenico Santoro of the University of Illinois; Tracie congratulates Erin Dunn of AllDogBlog.com [corrected link] for winning the Proportions contest for the pet blogger whose review of Proportions got the most sample requests.
Dog Talk® (10-01-2010) Susan Cohen, (Pet Loss Grief Counselor at the Animal Medical Center in NYC) discusses different options for your pet's remains and funerals; Mary Ludington's gorgeous photo and history book THE NATURE OF DOGS makes you want every interesting breed; Perre Di Carlo talks about his funny Uber-designed book KICK LITTER; Nancy Kerns, editor of THE WHOLE DOG JOURNAL discusses her editorial in the August issue of the publication about vet offices that give unnecessary routine vaccines but no greatly-needed medical care and advice.
Dog Talk® (9-24-2010) Lucy Postins, the owner of The Honest Kitchen (food that Tracie's dogs have been enjoying since the very first batch of raw dehydrated proteins, fruits and vegetables made in a human food facility) introduces the newest product called ZEAL, with "novel proteins" for allergic dogs; Michele Hollow gives great ideas for careers in the animal world in her book The Everything Guide To Working With Animals; and, since September is National Pet Insurance month, Tracie discusses the urgent importance of having pet insurance with Libby Wallace, CEO of the AVMA GHLIT which educates about pet insurance. (Tracie's own dog Scooby Doo just had a veterinary specialty bill of over $5,000 but she did not have a financial panic attack because Pets Best insurance immediately paid 80% of the bill.)
Dog Talk® (9-17-2010) Mark Herthel, who is part of the family that developed and owns Platinum Performance, talks about how the products were created and how they work as well as upcoming oxygen technology to speed healing in animals; Paula Munier talks about her hilarious book Fixing Freddie, about a Beagle who makes Marley look like a well-mannered sweetie-pie! And Tracie dissects the label of a prescription diet for "dental health" she saw at her vet's and wants you to "share her pain" learning of the horrible ingredients compared to Proportions, the food her dogs are lucky enough to eat.
Dog Talk® (9-10-2010) Dr. Elsey talks about creating Cat Attract litter and discusses saving many cats' lives by offering litter box solutions and products that "keep the cat in the box"; author Robert Rodi reads from his hilarious book DOGGED PURSUIT about trying to turn a rescued Sheltie into a top agility competitor; and David Forman of WERUVA pet food discusses what "chicken" actually means in most pet foods and the surprisingly low industry standards, so that people can make informed choices when buying dry or wet foods. Tracie introduces the underwriting sponsors of DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!): Precious Cat litters, Platinum Performance supplements, Weruva pet foods, Vectra anti-parasiticides and Proportions dog food.
Dog Talk® (8-28-2010) Author Judith Viorst talks about her lovely children's book The Tenth Good Thing About Barney which can help kids cope with the death of their pet; the irrepressible" Dr. V." of the great blog Pawcurious talks about when it's a good idea to use foods with novel proteins (K9Cuisine.com carries them all); and Paul & Sandra Fierlinger - the brilliant celebrated animators - discuss their new adult animated adaptation of J.R. Ackerley's classic book, My Dog Tulip.
Please be sure to read my newest addition to the Canine Nutrition University, "Dogs Are Carnivores, Not Corn-invores." I'm proud of the whole series and 7 of the courses are now up there for your reading and educational pleasure.
TODAY was the LAST LIVE BROADCAST of Dog Talk®, at least for awhile. The show will be taped and podcast as usual every Saturday. Make sure I have your email address to send you that bulletin - write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address to put you on the list. And if you have questions for me, you can always call into Cat Chat® live every Wednesday night from 8-9 PM EST even if you do not have SiriusXM satellite radio. Toll free 866-6575-6675
Dog Talk® (8-21-2010) Tracie recently helped transport Lola, a Pug going to a new home, and she wanted to meet some of the wonderful volunteers who are part of PASS THE PUG, the nearly weekly transport caravan in which pugs are passed hand to hand in parking lots, eventually winding up at the Green Mountain Pug Rescue in White River, Vermont. Also, please come "take the courses" in the Canine Nutrition University and read Tracie's postings on the subject, like "The Straight Poop About Poop" and "Dogs are Carnivores, Not Corn-invores!"
Dog Talk® (8-14-2010) Renowned trainer Sue Sternberg talks about how she invented Assess-a-Pet, a technique used in shelters across the country to assess dogs for serious aggression issues; and Edie Jarolim reads from her hilarious and really informative book AM I BORING MY DOG?
ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS OF "DOG TALK" LIVE -- then it will go on hiatus and become a pod cast radio show. Please write me at RadioPetLady@gmail.com and give me your email address to put on the weekly outgoing announcement of each new show.
Dog Talk® (8-7-2010) Sharon Sakson with her book PAWS & EFFECT The Healing Power of Dogs leads right into Animal Communicator Ann Marie Sawicki who returns to answer a slew of wonderful questions. 0385528566
Dog Talk® (7-31-2010) The Death of a Pet -- how it affects children is discussed by Susan Cohen, the Pet Loss Grief Counselor at the Animal Medical Center in NYC; Tracie is then joined by nine-year-old old Emma, who talks about how she has coped with her Golden Retriever dying suddenly while she was playing with her; and Dr Julie Reck (Facing Farewell), who has a mobile veterinary service devoted to compassionate euthanasia called Home Farewell discusses managing the decision to put a pet to sleep.
Dog Talk® (7-24-2010) Anxiety Wrap designer Susan Sharpe talks about Dr. Nicholas Dodman studying the Anxiety Wrap at Tufts University Veterinary school; the "Green Guru" of Dog Talk, Linda Daly (http://prettyingreen.latimesmagazine.com/) tells how to share your garden vegetables and fruits with your dogs; Dr. Jan Bellows, the Official Veterinary Dentist of the show talks about the need for regular cleaning and digital x-rays; singer Lucas Hoge talks about his part in transporting rescued dogs on the new Animal Planet show Last Chance Highway.
Dog Talk® (7-17-2010) Meet Dr Francisco Di Polo, a wonderful "integrative" vet who combines traditional and alternative medicine in his downtown Manhattan Worth Street clinic — where there is also daycare, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy swimming; author Dagny McKinley's gorgeous book about dog sledding in the Rockies, WILD HEART; and Anthony Holloway describes why and how he started a premium quality cat and dog food company called K9Cuisine.
Dog Talk® (7-10-2010) Learn all about the dog team sport of flyball from Lee Heighton, director of the North American Flyball Association (www.Flyball.org) and Allison Denlea, Dog Talk's Official Trainer, continues the discussion begun last week with Pat Miller about electronic collars and discusses responsible use of them from her perspective.
Dog Talk® (7-3-2010) Dog Talk's Official veterinarian Dr. Phil Padrid explains Canine Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) and the genetic link to Labrador Retrievers; Pat Miller, the trainer extraordinaire from The Whole Dog Journal talks about her article "Don't Let the Bed Dogs Bite" and the fundamental problem with electronic collars; and Annie Brody of Camp Unleashed describes the transformative experience that people have with their dogs running free at camp in the Berkshires.
Dog Talk® (6-26-2010) Tracie introduces the newest member of her team of experts — Dr. Donna Spector is now the Veterinary Nutrition Counselor for DOG TALK® and for CAT CHAT® and she is also the Official Second Opinion Vet, for those who want additional advice, options or information about their pet's medical condition. Because of her own association with HALO Purely for Pets, Tracie met Dr. Donna through her excellent blog for HALO and found they shared the same nutritional philosophies for dogs and cats. Today's show focuses on CANINE DIABETES — the cause, treatment and nutritional needs. Later in the show, Tracie talks to Susan Cohen from the Animal Medical Center in NYC, her favorite Pet Loss Grief Counselor, on the topic of "sudden death" and how grieving changes when you lose a pet without warning.
Dog Talk® (6-19-2010) Hallmark's TV show about a re-homed Border Collie called OH LUCKY DOG premieres June 26th and Tracie talks to Joyce Geier, long-time border collie trainer, world-class sheepdog trial competitor (represented the US twice at the World Sheepdog Trial championships) about the breed and competition; and a long chat with Dog Talk's® own Official Vet Dr Phil Padrid about respiratory allergies, avoiding heat stroke (the signs of an overheated dog and important life-saving techniques for managing it) and the wonders of Adequan injections for arthritis.
Dog Talk® (6-12-2010) The man behind DogFoodAdvisor.com shares dog food geek status with Tracie and compares notes on the commercial dog food industry; Dog Talk's® nutrition advisor Sabine tells the How & When about feeding eggs, and how to use egg shells as a calcium source; Does your dog hate thunderstorms as much as Scooby Doo Hotchner? Throw on an Anxiety Wrap with new Spirit Essence Storm Soother and life is a dream again; Finally you can call in to Dog Talk® again -- 800-394-8830 is working & Tracie will be waiting for your calls
Technical difficulties! Sorry but the first couple of minutes of today's show got cut off — so don't think there's anything wrong with your computer! You didn't miss much - just Tracie recommending the swell dogs & cats of the week at Bideawee for you to visit and possibly adopt - including Webster, the purebred Sharpei.
Dog Talk® (6-5-2010) Dog Talk's® GREEN GURU Linda Daly of Los Angeles Magazine's online column Pretty in Green checks in to give us tips about how to reduce your pet's carbon pawprint; learn about the high-tech USB stick that can hold all your pet's medical, nutritional and behavioral information from the developer of TravelStix; and Sophie B. Hawkins (who wrote "Mmmm...My Best Friend" - the theme song for Dog Talk® - calls to ask everyone to download her new single from SophieBHawkins.com called "The Land, the Sea & the Sky" because all proceeds go to http://waterkeeper.org that is cleaning up the Gulf oil spill; and Tracie takes on Jane Brody from the New York Times about her recent piece called "The Truth About Cat and Dog Food" which Tracie will show you is woefully filled with untruths.
Plus don't miss the chance to give your dog the taste treat of her life with a free sample of two meals of the food developed according to Tracie's nutrition theories at Proportions.com.
P.S.. On today's show I forgot to mention the Bideawee Pets of the Week -- Tammy Wynette, a Golden Retriever Mix, and Juliet, the angelic kitty. Please go to the Westhampton shelter and meet them or any of the other wonderful adoptable pets there now.
Dog Talk (5-29-2010) Hear all about a conference for pet bloggers from Caroline of RomeoTheCat.com, who has invited Tracie to be a speaker in Denver; Tracie cautions "Move over Victoria Stillwell - the Real Dog Trainer of New Jersey, Karen Fazio, is here" -- to talk about her work with aggressive dogs; and then lots of wisdom from Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins, the Official vet of Tracie's SiriusXM show CAT CHAT®.
Dog Talk (5-22-2010) Ever wonder how they breed or train dogs to be good at bomb detection? Want to know whether your own way-too-much-energy, hard-to-handle dog would make a good K-9 partner for an officer working in bomb or narcotics detection? Learn all this and much more from Lt. John Kerwick, the President of the United States Police Canine Association, who oversees all the working dogs in New York - and from one of Dog Talk's Official Trainers, Shawn Stewart, who breeds and trains dogs for the police and works with the USPCA.
Dog Talk (5-15-2010) Tracie talks to Kim Wolf from the big adoption event outdoor celebration happening next Saturday MAY 22nd in Philadelphia to make it a No-Kill City, where Tracie is going with Proportions to give 5 talks during the day about dog nutrition from the big stage (and meet folks at the Proportions booth and give out free samples, with raffles for 5 copies of THE DOG BIBLE); Dr. Wally Sife from the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB.org) about support for people grieving the loss of a pet); Nancy Kerns, editor of The Whole Dog Journal, on the sort of nutrition issues covered by an advertising-free educational journal that can save dogs' lives; and Jill Abramson, author of the great series "The Puppy Diaries" in the New York Times (of which she is also the Managing Editor!)
Dog Talk (5-8-2010) A great show jam-packed with some of Tracie's wonderful partners -- Lucy Postins, founder of THE HONEST KITCHEN, explains her educational project to reach out to holistic-minded veterinary students by sending them books (THE DOG BIBLE, THE CAT BIBLE and several other prominent books) about pet nutrition that offer alternative views about animal nutrition to what they are hearing in vet school -- and introduces WISHES, the Honest Kitchen's new yummy dried fish treats; TravelStix inventor Linda Kagan describes the data device with all your pet's information on it; Paul Raybould from the MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION talks about Petco's pledge to raise 1 million dollars for cancer research in conjunction with Blue Buffalo foods; and Susan Sharpe, developer of the ANXIETY WRAP, hears about how The Wrap saved Tracie's Weimaraner Scooby Doo from thunderstorm terrors last night!
Dog Talk: (3-14-2010) Tracie speaks at Purr N Pooch, Tinton Falls, NJ. Topic: You're Feeding Your Pet WHAT?! Recorded in front of an audience.
Dog Talk Show #166 (2-27-2010) Dog Talk's own Official Trainer Allison Denlea talks about managing separation anxiety and helps callers with dog-to-owner and dog-to-dogs aggression; the developer of the Anxiety Wrap, trainer Susan Sharpe, explains how the Wrap works for anxiety and also aggression; Lydia Best of Everything & the Dog in Leesburg, VA brags about young Labrador WIllow Bee's recent Canine Good Citizen award and joining the Dog Scouts — yup, just like the Girl Scouts these dogs earn badges in swimming, therapy visits and camping! Please note there will be no broadcast of Dog Talk® next week as the station begins relocating to a new home.
Be sure to catch Tracie's new radio show DOG TALK® & CAT CHAT® TONIGHT on WOR710, 10 PM EST!
Dog Talk Show #165 (2-20-2010) Military and Police Dog Trainer Shawn Stewart (DogsAreEasy.com) discusses what they look for in a possible service dog; endocrinologist Dr. David Bruyette of VCA Hospital in West Los Angeles discusses canine diabetes and hyperthyroidism in cats. And Tracie's dream diet for dogs has finally arrived! Please check out the free trial samples ($5 shipping) of the 3-course meals for dogs based on Tracie's belief (and that of many canine nutrition experts) that kibble alone is NOT a good or complete diet for dogs - go to www.Proportions.com and give your dogs the treat of tasting a truly balanced and totally tasty alternative way to keep your dog healthy and happy (especially the finicky ones!)
Dog Talk Show #164 (8-22-2009 / Rebroadcast) No live shows today because Vectra invited Tracie to the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas over Valentine's weekend to learn even more about parasiticides & insecticides and the need to protect our pets. Instead of a live show, DOG TALK® will be a replay of Tracie's live appearance last summer at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, giving her talk "YOU'RE FEEDING YOUR PET WHAT?!" in front of a live audience — which was underwritten by the supplement folks at Platinum Performance. Happy memories for everybody who took home bags stuffed with samples and goodies from Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oil for pets and Halo Purely for Pets dog and cat food and shampoo. And all those DOG BIBLES & CAT BIBLES donated by Bookhampton, with all the revenue going to raise money for the new NPR station Peconic Public Broadcasting on 88.3.
On DOG TALK® & CAT CHAT® tonight, Tracie will not be live on WOR 710 AM tonight in New York City for DOG TALK® & CAT CHAT® but has a couple of swell guests. Jim Brown of the Precious Cat litter company explains the differences between Cat Attract and their many other specialized litters, and one of the Official trainers of the show, Shawn Stewart of DogsAreEasy.com talk about aggressive dogs and how to safely evaluate and handle them. And Tracie opens the curtain a little wider on the mind-blowing new food plan called Proportions (which is based on her theory that dogs need a 3-course meal) and urges everyone to sign up at Proportions com to be the first to get a free trial of the Proportions meals.
Dog Talk Show #163 (2-6-2010) Jill Ciment, author of HEROIC MEASURES talks about her novel with a Dachshund at the center of it; documentary director Geralyn Pezanoski talks about MINE, about reuniting people and their pets post-Katrina. And animal communicator ANN MARIE is back talking to the animals.
Dog Talk Show #162 (1-30-2010) Last week I learned about Barbie — the mother dog in Idaho left out in the snow with broken legs and pelvis. Now hear the "other side of the story" from the Idaho prosecutor who didn't think Barbie was a cruelty case. Then Meet the Breeder of Maltese from a show breeder and groomer. Does your child have a peanut allergy? How about a trained Peanut Detection Dog to keep her safe?! Texas trainer Karen Deeds explains how she does it. And tonight on DOG TALK & CAT CHAT, meet the director of the extraordinary documentary MINE, about trying to reunite the people of New Orleans with their pets after Katrina, which airs on PBS Independent Lens series February 16.
Dog Talk Show #161 (1-23-2010) Author GARTH STEIN on his bestselling THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN; a shocking dog cruelty case in Idaho with rescuer Andi Elliott, Lisa Kaufman of the Humane Society of the United States in Idaho and Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, the director of the Idaho Humane Society and orthopedic surgeon at the non-profit hospital attached to the shelter. How could Barnie and her puppies be left outside in sub-freezing temperatures when she had broken legs and pelvis - while local law enforcement refused to do anything but charge the would-be rescuers with trespassing?
Dog Talk Show #160 (1-16-2010) Breeder and trainer of police dogs Shawn Stewart of www.DogsAreEasy.com, discusses evaluating and managing different kinds of aggressive dogs; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins shares news of a much better new insulin for diabetic kitties, holistic vet Dr. Michelle Gaspar discusses treatment of paw pad problems in cats and Tracie uses her dog Teddy's pancreatitis attack to alert others to the symptoms and remind them to get Pets Best insurance ASAP (with her listener discount), before a costly emergency strikes them.
Dog Talk Show #159 (1-9-2010) Author Elise Lufkin's heart-warming book TO THE RESCUE: Found Dogs with a Mission; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins on the new PZI human insulin product for cats; Dog Talk's® Official Trainer Allison Denlea on the under-use of crate training for housebreaking puppies and the overuse of crates to manage adult dogs; and the shock and heartbreak of having your pet die of a sudden heart attack.
Dog Talk Show #158 (1-2-2010) Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins on the EPA discovery of mislabelled cattle insecticide being sold for dogs. The EPA just collected a $56,632 civil penalty from the Hunte company (that is the "middle man" for pet stores with volume puppy producers and the major puppy mill distributor for the Midwest) for re-labeling a cattle and swine insecticide and re packaging it for (illegal and dangerous) use on dogs. Dr. Elizabeth will discuss how to protect your pet from fraudulent products while continuing to protect them from fleas and ticks.
Dog Talk Show #157 (12-26-2009) DOG TALK®'s own Official Vet Dr. Phil Padrid joins Tracie to discuss canine influenza and also the recent first-time-ever transmission of H1N1 swine flu from a person to his dog; Gil Lutz tells other blind dog owners about THE DOG BIBLE now being available in a 38 hour audio version just for them; Russell Simmons of Def Jam fame discusses the impact of Michael Vick's outreach into the Black community against dog fighting. Be sure to catch Tracie's new radio show DOG TALK® & CAT CHAT® TONIGHT on WOR710, 10 PM EST!
Dog Talk Show #156 (12-19-2009) Berni Unti from the Humane Society of the United States talks about the benefits & downside of the HSUS participating in Michael Vick's educational efforts to educate young "at risk" men against participating in dog fighting. And Uber-pet sitter Lydia Best, from "Everything & the Dog" in Leesburg, Vrginia, flew all the way to Utah to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Talk about the prototypical "busman's holiday!" Hear what a great experience it was and all about meeting the rehabilitated Michael Vick fighting dogs.
Dog Talk Show #155 (12-12-2009) Dr Ann Hohenhaus, oncologist from the Animal Medical Center in NYC, discusses oral cancer in cats: how common is it? what are the signs and and symptoms? What are the treatments? What is the prognosis long-term? And Tracie reminds her West Coast friends to please come hear her speak at two PETCO locations — Tuesday Dec 15 at the El Cajon store in San Diego at 6 PM and Wednesday Dec 16 at 7 PM in the Citrus Heights store in Sacramento. Fabulous goodies from HALO at both events, to celebrate the natural pet food sections in PETCO locations across the country.
Dog Talk Show #154 (12-05-2009) Tracie teaches you how to read the labels on dry dog food; Rick from PETCO invites Tracie to the West Coast to celebrate their new natural food department; and animal communicator ANN MARIE SAWICKI hits the balls out of the park talking to the animals.
Dog Talk Show #153 (11-28-2009) Stephanie Shain from the Humane Society of the United States discussing PUPPY MILL ACTION WEEK this week; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins discusses BIASED SCIENCE, the unhealthy marriage of money from profit-making pet food and drug companies underwriting and dictating the outcome of research on commercial pet food.
Dog Talk Show #152 (11-21-2009) Joan Rivers talks about all the dogs who have shared her life - and it's twice the laughs because she'll be on Tracie's new show on WOR tonight, too. Tune in to www.WOR710.com and listen online. Both shows will be available on podcast afterwards. (And if you want the full experience of Joan, come see Joan's live show at The Laurie Beechman Theatre-December 2nd and Dec 16th. For future dates please check her website at joanrivers.com.) And Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen food, tells how they have gone to totally sustainable chicken in their recipes. Tracie tells Lucy how putting Scooby Doo on an Honest Kitchen diet helped him lose 29 pounds (yes, you read that right - twenty-nine pounds!) in 6 months.
Dog Talk Show #151 (11-7-2009) Dr Jean Hofve reports the exciting news from California that Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Francisco just joined pioneering West Hollywood in banning declawing your cat! And Tracie wants Dog Talk listeners to take advantage of her new website sponsor, Petco and their new natural foods section! She wants to make Petco "where the people go" with the special discount for her listeners - choose from their great natural foods section featuring Tracie's sponsors Halo and Soulistic for cats, made by Weruva just for Petco.
Dog Talk Show #150 (10-31-2009) Dog Talk's Official Dermatologist, Dr. John Gordon, on why some dogs are smelly even after baths, and meet Tracie's new favorite small dog, the Australian terrier!
Dog Talk Show #149 (10-24-2009) Planet Dog Foundation director Kristen Smith tells about all their good deeds, especially the new recreation area they just built for Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York. Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins - who is also a lawyer - discusses internet false claims of problems with pet products. Tracie's new radio show DOG TALK® & CAT CHAT® debuted 10/24 on WOR710, OCT 24 at 10 PM EST!
Dog Talk Show #148 (10-17-2009) Heidi of CAMP BOW WOW talks about removing the ban on Pit Bulls and judging each dog as an individual; Dr Robin Brennen from Bideawee (Tracie's Official Shelter Partner on her new show DOG TALK & CAT CHAT premiering October 24th at 10 PM on WOR 710 in New York City) discusses the two pet memorial parks, pet loss grief groups and the importance of after life of your pet.
Dog Talk Show #147 (10-10-2009) Got a pet you need moved long distance? Hear about PILOTS 'N PAWS - private pilots who donate their time and planes to help rescued animals reach their adoptive homes. EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER gave birth to EXTREME MUTT MAKEOVER - hear how dedicated trainers turned wild horses and not-so-adoptable dogs into much-wanted companions.
Dog Talk Show #146 (10-03-2009) Sabine from DogFoodProject.com discusses the importance of the calcium balance in your dog's food; Lori from Caring Hands Humane Society in Kansas has the Dogs of the Month; and Ann Marie communicates with the animals.
Dog Talk Show #145 (9-26-2009) Did you read the great review of INSIDE OF A DOG in the New York Times Book Review? Hear author Alexandra Horowitz explain the umwelt of a dog; Zak introduces his new Animal Planet show Super Fetch and Russell Simmons' assistant Simone talks about the kitties Donny & Marie (DonnyandMarie@hotmail.com) she rescued, who need a home.
Dog Talk Show #144 (9-19-2009) How does a vet who never meets a patient give such good advice in cyberspace? Dr. Donna Spector answers all the questions that come into the website for HALO Purely for Pets. And a few words from SAVE YOUR ASS, the "long-eared rescue" in New Hampshire, having their first donkey & mule show tomorrow Sept 20th!
Dog Talk Show #143 (9-12-2009) Convicted Dog Fighter Michael Vick is back in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to educate young people about the evils of dog fighting. Want to know how and why this all happened? Tracie spends the entire hour with HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle.
Dog Talk Show #142 (9-5-2009) Meet the new Official Veterinary Surgeon of DOG TALK®, Dr. Phil Zeltzman, talking about repair of cruciate ligament injuries, DOG TALK® Dog of the Month Gracie from California, and our own magical animal communicator, Ann Marie Sawicki.
Dog Talk Show #141 (8-29-2009) Does your kitty or dog have kidney disease? Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins can help with that.
Dog Talk Show #140 (8-22-2009) Tracie took a quick trip to California so today you can listen again to her live show at Bay Street Theatre on "You're Feeding Your Pet WHAT?!"
Dog Talk Show #139 (8-15-2009) Are you grieving for a pet who has passed away? Have an older pet and are worried about how you'll handle your sorrow? Tracie talks to SUSAN COHEN, the Pet Loss Grief Counselor of the Animal Medical Center in NYC.
Dog Talk Show #138 (8-08-2009) All About Outlawing Ear Cropping & Tail Docking in Dogs and Declawing Cats with Dr. Barbara Hodges of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, plus Dr. Dawn Stelling of Old Towne Animal Hospital in Southampton, the first on the Est End to carry Vectra 3D against Ticks & Fleas!
Dog Talk Show #137 (8-01-2009) Live with an audience at the Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor, New York) Tracie tells the truth about dog & cat food.
Dog Talk Show #134 (7-11-2009) Author Michael Schaffer on his book ONE NATION UNDER DOG: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food.
Dog Talk Show #132 (6-27-2009) Notes from Tracie's Dog & Pony Show, speaking at veterinary schools, sponsored by Nordic Naturals.
Dog Talk Show #131 (6-20-2009) Dr. Doug Brum from MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston on how to know whether your dog needs prevention against ticks.
Dog Talk Show #128 (5-30-2009) ASPCA Poison Control Vet tells how GRAPES & RAISINS can sicken dogs; Meet the Breeder of Salukis; THREE Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for Adoption!
Dog Talk Show #127 (5-23-2009) Dr. Steven Levy, world's leading authority on tick disease and vaccination; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins on keeping pets safe from household poisons and protecting dogs from ticks with Vectra 3D; and the amazing dock-diving corgi fueled by Spirit Essences!
Dog Talk Show #124 (5-2-2009) All about adopting a dog from Petfinder.com; shelter manager Kim Saunders who wrote The Adopted Dog Bible; & Ann Marie talks to the Animals.
Dog Talk Show #123 (4-25-2009) Dr. Valarie Tynes talking about the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB); then Tracie has a philosophical discussion with trainer Parvene Farhoody about problems in the science behind some of Cesar Millan's training methods.
Dog Talk Show #122 (4-18-2009) The pioneering vets whose study will change the way we vaccinate our pets: DR. JEAN DODDS and DR. RON SCHULTZ, the heroic minds behind THE RABIES CHALLENGE, a study which is proving that every 5 years - even every 7 years - is how frequently rabies boosters are really needed.
Dog Talk Show #121 (4-11-2009) Renowned author Temple Grandin (ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION and new book ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN); Al Benner from Purrfect Fence on how to give cats a safe outdoor space.
Dog Talk Show #120 (4-04-2009) DR. KATHLEEN AYL, pet loss grief counselor in Los Angeles, discusses finding closure after losing a pet, even years ago. And it's Ann Marie day - animal communicator extraordinaire, gets callers in touch with their animals of every kind.
Dog Talk Show #119 (3-28-2009) Tracie was stood up by her scheduled guest but got loads of interesting calls about feeding dogs and cats, along with some more advice about not routinely vaccinating.
Dog Talk Show #118 (3-21-2009) Tennessee State Senator Doug Jackson and Representative Janis Sontany on commercial breeder legislation; Stephanie Shain on Humane Society of the United States actions against puppy mills
Dog Talk Show #116 (3-7-2009) A conversation with trainer Parvene Farhoody - NPR Fund Raising Day, so only one brief interview this week.
Dog Talk Show #115 (2-28-2009) IS CESAR MILLAN BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE? A round table debate with three veterinary behaviorists - Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Lisa-Radosta-Huntley and Dr. David Spiegel - and trainer Martin Deeley. March Dog(s) of the Month are New York City poodles, ROMEO AND TIGER.
Dog Talk Show #114 (2-21-2009) A great show with three people devoted to their breeds: Tom Leigh on teaching Border Collies to herd sheep; Barbara Crisafulli who fosters Giant Schnauzers in the breed rescue; and Meet the Breeder of Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Denise Flaim, who is also a gifted writer.
Dog Talk Show #112 (2-7-2009) Dog of the Month Max the Golden Boy, cancer survivor amputee; Gil Lutz on the everyday challenges with his guide dog Evie, a Black Lab Furrari; and Ann Marie makes those magical connections for people with their pets.
Dog Talk Show #111 (1-31-2009) Dog Talk's® own Official dermatologist Dr. John Gordon on hot spots and "6 Degrees to Allergic Disease"
Dog Talk Show #110 (1-24-2009) The truth about omega-3 oils with Dr. Jean Hofve, who also explains The Spirit Essences she formulates.
Dog Talk Show #106 (12-27-2008) Treat yourself to a post-holiday delight: Do Dogs Laugh? by Jake Page. A great way to ring in the New Year with scientific insights into your dog that you won't find anywhere else.
Dog Talk Show #105 (12-20-2008) Dr Mike Conzemius on cruciate ligament injuries; plus, meet the Tibetan Terrier.
Dog Talk Show #104 (12-13-2008) Dog Talk's® own Dr. Phil (Padrid) has a philosophical discussion with Tracie about the responsibility of telling you about cutting edge, new, "fringe" ideas in veterinary medicine and other areas that affect your pets.
Dog Talk Show #103 (12-6-2008) A very spiritual show: Kathleen Prasad (Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life)explains how to use Reiki meditation and energy with your pets as she does with shelter and sanctuary animals. Anne Marie Sawicki is back. Our very own Animal Communicator makes some incredible connections for people and their animals. Plus check out Luigi, the rescued Dobermann who is the very first Dog Talk® Dog of the Month!
Dog Talk Show #102 (11-29-2008) Want to cook for your dog or cat but unsure how to do it? The Ultimate Pet Food Guide and author Liz Palika will tell you that and more. Plus, meet Jackson Galaxy the cat behaviorist who owns Spirit Essences. the "magical" homeopathic mood-altering remedies.
Dog Talk Show #101 (11-22-2008) WLIU Fund-Raising Day with Special Bonus author Martha Sherrill's book DOG MAN about saving the Akita in Japan; and Meet Akita breeder Lonny Cohen.
Dog Talk Show #100 (11-15-2008) The 100th show! Wow! Bow-Wow! Thank you for listening these past two years and being part of the DOG TALK® Family. In celebration, Norm Levitz of Wagatha's tells how he followed his dream to Vermont and created my favorite organic, Kosher, human-edible biscuits (with a tin of Wagatha's for every caller on this Centennial Show). Jamie Shaw of The Dog School talks about canine depression and aggression issues.
Dog Talk Show #99 (11-8-2008) Dr. Steve Budsberg on knee surgery; Meet the Black & Tan Coonhound, and International Judge & Golden breeder, Jeff Pepper.
Dog Talk Show #98 (11-1-2008) Martin Deeley, U.K. 2007 Gun Dog Trainer of The Year on proper use of the e-collar; Meet the Field Spaniel (and there are even a few puppies available right now!) and Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins debunks veterinary prescription diets in her new book Not Fit For A Dog.
Dog Talk Show #97 (10-25-2008) Heidi Flammang of Camp Bow-Wow; The young Frost sisters raise money for the Morris Animal Foundation instead of birthday gifts; Meet the Tibetan Spaniel; and trainer Allison Denlea helps Tracie understand how a diet too high in protein may have caused Scooby Doo to become aggressive.
Dog Talk Show #96 (10-18-2008) NEWS BULLETIN! Early spay/neuter may be harming our dogs! Hear Dr. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, DAVCP on the physical benefits of delaying neutering and trainer Parvene Farhoody on how it can reduce aggression. Plus, meet the Irish Water Spaniel!
Dog Talk Show #95 (10-11-2008) Dr. John Gordon, veterinary dermatologist on skin allergies; Diane Monahan from FRIENDS FOR PETS on selfish relinquishment of dogs when a baby arrives; and Meet the Breeder Mark Hawle and the Otterhound, a rare and delightful clown! Plus, artist Ron Burns reminds us it's Adopt a Shelter Dog month and how to win one of his signed prints.
Dog Talk Show #93 (09-27-2008) A one hour special interview with Marion Nestle, author of PET FOOD POLITICS: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, which details the pet food recall that followed the death and illness of thousands of cats and dogs, and put everyone on alert to the inherent danger in our food chain.
Dog Talk Show #92 (09-20-2008) Jessica Higgins from Humane Society International on Puerto Rican Dead Dog Beach; Meet the Belgian Tervuren; and alternative medicine vet Dr. Michele Gaspar.
Dog Talk Show #91 (09-13-2008) Dr Jane Brunt talks about cat specialist vets; trainer Allison Denlea on realistic expectations for puppies.
Dog Talk Show #90 (09-06-2008) Meet the Vizsla! And animal communicator Ann Marie does some mind-reading that gave folks goosebumps.
Dog Talk Show #89 (08-30-2008) Learn about canine massage from Jodi at Fitter Critters in Lee, Massachusetts. Meet the Finnish Spitz. Hear Jeffrey Pepper, a distinguished Golden Retriever breeder and world-renowned AKC judge, tell Tracie why volume commercial dog breeders are necessary.
Dog Talk Show #88 (08-23-2008) Author Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman on his book FROM BAGHDAD TO AMERICA: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava; Luke from Tennessee on his 2 Dogs 2000 Miles walk; meet the breeder of the NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF; and DR. ELIZABETH HODGKINS with the truth about foods sold by your vet.
Dog Talk Show #87 (08-16-2008) The Cat Adoption Team in Oregon; Lucy from The Honest Kitchen with Ice Pups and Manchester Terriers!
Dog Talk Show #85 (07-26-2008) The Well-Adjusted Dog, Dr. Nick Dodman's New Book; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins on the Dubious Nutrition in Dry Food; and Meet Alaskan Malamutes!
Dog Talk Show #84 (07-19-2008) Lydia Best, Petsitter Extraordinaire; "Hatred on the Internet" - Bernie Unti (HSUS) Discusses "What's up with Viral Rage?" And Meet the Clumber Spaniel!
Dog Talk Show #83 (07-12-2008) Gil Lutz talks about traveling 100,000 miles a year with his guide dog Evie and his new GPS system for the blind. PLUS raffle drawing July 14 for Billy Joel Concert "Last Play at Shea" - Go HERE for tickets.
Dog Talk Show #82 (07-05-2008) Big Dog from the 2 Dogs 2,000 Mile walk talks to Ann Marie the Great Communicator; Meet the Breeders: Collies!
Dog Talk Show #81 (06-28-2008) Car Safety with BarkBuckle Up & Amy Shojai with her book PETiquette, plus Big Dog Luke Robinson on the road with 2 Dogs 2000 Miles.
Dog Talk Show #80 (06-21-2008) Interviews from the Greenwich Kennel Club Dog Show.
Dog Talk Show #79 (06-14-2008) AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson from the Greenwich Kennel Club dog show and Luke and Hudson on the road with "2 dogs 2,000 miles" to help cure cancer.
Dog Talk Show #77 Tracie Hotchner (05-24-2008) Nutrition consultant Sabine explains diets for dogs with cancer and Dr. Phil exposes the influence of big business in the veterinary field.
Dog Talk Show #76 Tracie Hotchner (05-17-2008) Did Eight Belles have to Die? Some truths about horse racing; Arden Moore, author of the Dog Behavior Answer Book.
Dog Talk Show #75 Tracie Hotchner (05-10-2008) Dr. Alice Villalobos on everything you need to know about common cancers.
Dog Talk Show #74 Tracie Hotchner (05-03-2008) K-9 Cops Kill Their Own Canines And Ann Marie Communicates With Your Animals.
Dog Talk Show #73 Tracie Hotchner (04-26-2008) Meet the dog warden who helped close the horrible dog chute at the Putnam County shelter. Plus, Weruva, the cool new dog food Tracie would share with her dogs on a desert island.
Dog Talk Show #72 Tracie Hotchner (04-19-2008) "Behavior Matters" trainer Parvene Farhoody teaches the secret first step in solving problems; NUZZLES treats arrive from The Honest Kitchen.
Dog Talk Show #71 Tracie Hotchner (04-12-2008) Dog & Cat Fur Trim on Your Coats?! Hear it from Pierre Grzybowski, Deputy Manager of the Fur Free Campaign at HSUS.
Dog Talk Show #70 Tracie Hotchner (04-05-2008) Ann Marie Sawicki, Dog Talk's Official Animal Communicator, is back to talk to the animals!
Dog Talk Show #69 Tracie Hotchner (03-29-2008) Dr. Patty Olson of the Morris Animal Foundation and Dr. Doug Herthel of Platinum Performance Supplement. Two wonderful doctors making life better for our pets.
Dog Talk Show #68 Tracie Hotchner (03-22-2008) The new book I'LL WAIT IN THE CAR and the new Integrative Vet of Dog Talk, Dr. Michele Gaspar in Chicago.
Dog Talk Show #67 Tracie Hotchner (03-15-2008) Dr. Melinda Merck Forensic Vet for the ASPCA, and a friendly debate about Cesar Millan.
Dog Talk Show #66 Tracie Hotchner (03-08-2008) Putnam Pet Pals Closed the dreaded "chute"! And Dr. Kathleen Ayl on Grieving for a Pet.
Dog Talk Show #65 Tracie Hotchner (03-01-2008) It's Ann Marie time again - lets talk to the animals!
Dog Talk Show #64 Tracie Hotchner (02-23-2008) Robin Starr (Richmond, VA SPCA) on puppy mills and pet stores; mortgage crisis leaves pets homeless; and Tracie drives FedEx #11 NASCAR in Vegas.
Dog Talk Show #63 Tracie Hotchner (02-16-2008) Pet Sitters - Danielle Vasta tells us why you should have one and how to become one.
Dog Talk Show #62 Tracie Hotchner (02-09-2008) School Kids Build Feral Cat Houses, Dr. Phil and Amazing New Drugs.
Dog Talk Show #61 Tracie Hotchner (02-02-2008) Ann Marie wows us again, telling us what dogs, cats & horses are thinking.
Dog Talk Show #60 Tracie Hotchner (01-26-2008) Allison Denlea on Customizing Training to Your Individual Dog & Diane Monahan from Friends for Pets in California.
Dog Talk Show #59 Tracie Hotchner (01-19-2008) Learn about a breed Tracie had never heard of - Chinooks - and about the Kitty Habitat at Bide-A-Wee.
Dog Talk Show #58 Tracie Hotchner (01-12-2008) More amazing stories from the Transport Angels and Parvene Farhoody on trainers.
Dog Talk Show #57 Tracie Hotchner (01-05-2008) Can you talk to your animals? Sure you can, through Ann Marie Sawicki, Dog Talk's Official Animal Communicator.
Dog Talk Show #56 Tracie Hotchner (12-29-2007) Problems With Our Language & Training Dogs: They Don't Have A Dictionary!
Dog Talk Show #55 Tracie Hotchner (12-22-2007) Tracie's Christmas present to you all is the wonderful story of the Underground Transport Network from the people saving dogs lives every day across the nation.
Dog Talk Show #54 Tracie Hotchner (12-15-2007) Tracie learns from the chaining expert at HSUS and "Dogs Deserve Better" about how to change laws to protect dogs.