DOG TALK, Dec. 31, 2011

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and
The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know, wraps up 2011 with a great list of guests on this week’s show. (Busy with New Year’s Eve plans? You can always catch Tracie via podcast).

  • 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!) 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® airs Saturdays on NPR on Saturdays at 11 AM in Southampton NY and LIVE at 1 PM Sundays on Robinhood radio in the Berkshires. This is one of two radio shows by pet author and canine nutrition expert Tracie Hotchner, who also hosts CAT CHAT® every Wednesday on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM Satellite.

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