DOG TALK, Feb. 2, 2013

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

  • 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 ( and she also co-authored a book with Dr. Alice Villalobos — Your Dog’s Golden Years (
  • 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.

Friends-for-Hats Giveaway

Please help Dr. Shawn and Tracie reach more pet-lovers with their new radio show, Cat Chat(R) & Dog Talk(R)!


They’ve started a Friends-for-Hats giveaway: if you send Tracie the names and email addresses of 10 friends, she’ll send you a special CAT CHAT® baseball cap for helping spread the word about the show — and sharing with your pet-loving friends the many informative and entertaining topics they cover.

The adjustable baseball caps are a limited edition in beige cotton, with the logo of CAT CHAT® custom embroidered above the bill. Quantities are very limited so please act now if this idea appeals to you.

If you were a long time listener and fan of CAT CHAT® on SiriusXM, this is the last memento of that show. If you’d like a really cool “conversation piece” cap that also allows you to invite your friends to listen to our new show, please take advantage of this fun giveaway.

GUARANTEE FROM TRACIE: I assure you I will only write to your friends one time to introduce them to me and the new show. Then they will be added to the list that gets a weekly announcement of the guests and topics on my NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) Anytime they wish there is an easy way to unsubscribe if they want to. Nothing else will ever happen to their email address — the list is secure and private and never shared in the eight years it has existed.


Neko Flies Contest: Is Your Cat Weirder Than Bubba?

Win a Neko Flies toy for your cat! Tell Tracie what peculiar — odd — bizarre — or just plain weird thing your kitty does!

Have a look at this video of BUBBA (above) asking to be blow dried, as he does every single day. Once he’s been wet down and blow-dried he is then content and stops meowing to request that day’s blow-drying session.

BUBBA is one of the cats of Ellen, who designed and makes the Official Cat Toy of Tracie’s shows, the NEKO FLIES. Bubba is a total nut for being blow-dried — if he is sleeping and Ellen asks, “Want to be blow dried?” he jumps to his feet and runs into the bathroom. As you can hear in the video, he responds by meowing every time she says the words “blow dry.” And clearly he is in Seventh Heaven when she does!

Win a Neko Flies wand toy for cats by telling us what weird thing your kitty does.

Write in to Tracie at You can send a photo, a written description, and/or a video — describing and/or showing your cat’s weird behavior!
[There will be more than one winner if there are many cats weirder than Bubba!]


Nordic Naturals “Me & My Dog/Cat” Contest!

Nordic Naturals makes the omega-3 pet liquid oil supplement that Tracie’s own dogs get with every meal and which she has recommended for years on her radio shows. Now she and Nordic Naturals want you to realize that you, too, need the essential fatty acids in their fish oils, so the TWO winners of this contest will get product for pet (PET FIRST!!) and themselves.

There will be one lucky dog winner — who will get a copy of THE DOG BIBLE, an 8 oz. Bottle of Pet Cod Liver Oil, a “What’s Essential” t-shirt and a swag bag; the lucky cat winner gets a copy of THE CAT BIBLE, a 2 oz. Bottle of Omega-3 Pet liquid oil a “What’s Essential” t-shirt and a swag bag.

All you have to do to enter is write Tracie at and put ME & MY DOG or ME & MY CAT in the subject line. It’s not required, but if you want to send a photo it would be great because it will go up on Tracie’s FB page and on her website!

The contest runs from February 1st to 28th and Tracie will announce the winners on her radio shows and post on her website.


This is one of two radio shows by pet author and canine nutrition expert Tracie Hotchner. 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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