Episodes

September 24, 2021

Mark Cushing’s Pet Nation And How Companion Animals Have Transformed Our Lives | The Long Leash #31

How much has dog ownership changed in the past couple of decades? A whole lot, and Mark Cushing dives into the inside story of how companion animals have transformed our homes, culture and the economy.

September 17, 2021

Ciaran Walsh: One-Eyed Leo, A Love Story Told By A Special Needs Dog About Dog Ownership | The Long Leash #30

Ciaran Walsh is fighting to reduce the number of dogs going to shelters and break down the puppy mill trade. But he’s going about it in a most creative and untraditional way, via a children’s book called One-Eyed Leo.

September 03, 2021

Patch Baker: With a PTSD service dog by his side, this former Marine builds multi-million-dollar companies | The Long Leash #29

He’s been fired at… and fired, more than once. And returning to the ‘real world’ for US marine Patch Baker was – in his own words – a ‘complete disaster.’ But his determination and his service dog Reacher helped set him on a path to ‘change the world.’

August 27, 2021

Jim Mitchem – “Gone Dogs” Author | The Long Leash #28

It may just be the greatest collection of love stories about dogs ever published, but the book “Gone Dogs” only happened after author Jim Mitchem posted a loving tribute about his own dog’s passing.

August 20, 2021

Victoria Stilwell – World-renowned Dog Trainer | The Long Leash #27

Victoria Stilwell wanted to be an actress from a young age, but it was walking dogs for a living to put herself through drama school that propelled her towards her destiny.

August 13, 2021

Grieving The Loss Of A Dog With Lori Levine | The Long Leash #26

Saying goodbye to a dog is never easy, in fact it is probably one of the hardest things a dog lover has to do. James Jacobson marks the loss of his beloved Roo, with this intimate conversation with Lori Levine, who knows what it is to grieve for dogs, all too well.

August 01, 2021

Jess Rona - Dog Grooming Extraordinaire | The Long Leash #25

It was a temporary solution on the way to stardom. Grooming dogs earned Jess Rona a few dollars, while she awaited her big break. Little did she know, this was her big break.

July 22, 2021

Nick Paumgarten – The New Yorker | The Long Leash #24

It began as a seemingly simple journalistic assignment on the pandemic pet boom for The New Yorker. But this article soon turned into a darker exploration of the strangeness of being human.

July 14, 2021

Chris Roy - Doobert And Transporting Animals | The Long Leash #23

Pilot and animal rescuer Chris Roy founded online platform Doobert, which brings shelters, rescues and volunteers together in a convenient app. The app (inspired by his cat) is used by over 27,000 volunteers and 1,200 rescue organizations across the United States and Canada.

July 02, 2021

Nicole Kincaid - Perfectly Imperfect Pups | The Long Leash #22

Perfectly Imperfectly Pups is a dog rescue with a special difference and founder Nicole Kincaid is on a mission to save and rehome these at-risk dogs.

June 23, 2021

Celebrity Dog Adoptions with Melissa Bacelar | The Long Leash #21

Melissa Bacelar is THE celebrity pet matchmaker, with stories to match. Her intimate love for the many dogs she rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes fuels her star power … resulting in unbelievable success in Hollywood and beyond.

June 16, 2021

Dean Koontz: Best-Selling Author and Massive Dog Lover | The Long Leash #20

A dog strangled Dean Koontz when he was six. He still thinks dogs are magical angels with a higher-level intelligence.

June 09, 2021

“We Don’t Deserve Dogs” with Rose Tucker & Matthew Salleh | The Long Leash #19

People need dogs and perhaps they need us, but what do humans do to deserve the unconditional love that they give? Travel the world with the filmmakers behind ‘We Don’t Deserve Dogs’ as they try to answer that question.

June 03, 2021

Pet Business Success And How To Recover From Burnout with Kristin Morrison | The Long Leash #18

Kristin Morrison turned her pet sitting business into a million-dollar success and what followed was more than she could have imagined. Getting there wasn’t a walk in the ‘dog’ park, but the lessons learned along the way should be in every pet businessperson’s ‘how to’ book.

May 29, 2021

Steve Dale - Animal Behaviorist & Trainer | The Long Leash #17

Steve Dale is an award-winning journalist and certified animal behavior specialist. For more than two decades, he has been dedicated to advancing wellness in our pets, every which way he can.

May 19, 2021

How to Be There for Your Dog at the End with Lori Levine | The Long Leash #16

Lori Levine knows what it is to grieve. She also knows how to make epic celebrations for celebrities. In 2020, she had to draw on all her experience, hard-won wisdom, and strength to transform the death of her three VIP dogs into the experience they – and their human family – deserved.

May 14, 2021

London’s Urban Dogs Pamper Time with Barry Karacostas | The Long Leash #15

Chef Barry Karacostas started walking his dog Leo to overcome his own addiction. Eventually, they ran unleashed through London’s Kensington Park. Their momentum uncovered a deep, unmet canine need … and built a successful business.

May 10, 2021

Iditarod Dreaming with Robert Forto | The Long Leash #14

Robert Forto made his first long-distance run, or mush, in 1994. His new hobby seeded a dream that still calls him: to run the Iditarod. How many thousands of miles more will he have to mush before his ambitions become reality?

May 05, 2021

Mom to Millions (and Daisy) with Donna Dees | The Long Leash #13

Donna Dees is a high-powered publicity expert with an extraordinary career. Now she’s birthing the Million Mom March ... and her husband asks for a divorce. How’s she going to spin this to their young children? Enter Daisy the Divorce Dog … Donna’s best ever pivot.

March 26, 2021

Leigh Isaacson, Co-Founder of Dig Dates | The Long Leash #12

James Jacobson speaks with the CEO of Dig, Leigh Isaacson. What happens when your sister inspires your Next Big Dog Business Idea? What’s it like to be a Dogpreneur?

March 17, 2021

Saying Yes to Fate with Martha Teichner | The Long Leash #11

Since 1977, Martha Teichner has reported on everything for CBS News, from war to apartheid to 9/11 to the coronavirus pandemic. This veteran journalist's world really opened up when she said yes to meeting Harry, an elderly bull terrier whose mom, Carol Fertig, was dying of cancer.

February 26, 2021

Science Rooted in Kindness with Paul Owens | The Long Leash #10

When Paul Owens first started training dogs, he used force – choke collars and punishment – to make dogs obedient. He was good at it, too … until one day, he found a better way.

February 19, 2021

Making Us All Cry in Public with Mark Bomback | The Long Leash #9

Here’s an unexpected perk Mark Bomback got for writing The Art of Racing in the Rain : he got to make people cry. The prolific screenwriter is more accustomed to writing big action movies, where trains blow up and buildings f...

February 12, 2021

Dogs of the Silver Screen with Wendy Mitchell | The Long Leash #8

Dogs started upstaging humans on the silver screen in 1894. They wandered into the shot as the Lumière brothers filmed their first test, and have drawn our focus ever since.