DOG TALK, Oct. 13, 2012

This week on Tracie Hotchner’s weekly DOG TALK® radio show and podcast:

  • Alex Zhardanovsky (co-founder of 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 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.

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. Tracie Hotchner is the author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

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