DOG TALK, Dec. 15, 2012

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

  • 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 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 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.
  • PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK: Doggy GOO & GOO Gut Rescue Join the Doggy GOO Club and get Tracie’s discount on this all-natural allergy relief solution that she talks about on the air, sharing testimonials of listeners who have been thrilled with the results in helping their dogs who are licking and scratching. Write Tracie at for more information about how to join the club!
  • GOOD DEED OF THE WEEK: ’tis the Season to be Charitable Only a few days left to make a donation to Morris Animal Foundation (the nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary care for animals) and do twice as much good for animals. Through Dec 31st, there is a $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge so any end-of-year gift will be worth twice as much. Visit and make a donation before Dec. 31, 2012 to have your gift matched.

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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