Episodes

Winning at Westminster with Kate Basedow | The Long Leash #52

July 1, 2022

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world. What is it like to win? One of our own here at DPN experienced just that.

Dogs on Deployment with Alisa Johnson | The Long Leash #051

June 24, 2022

Serving your country can be hard, dangerous, and lonely. And if you have a dog, you can lose them … until now.

Fate and Bull Terriers with Martha Teichner | The Long Leash #50

June 10, 2022

Veteran journalist Martha Teichner has reported on war, apartheid, 9/11, the pandemic, and more … but her most compelling coverage may be the love story between her two Bull Terriers.

To Russia with Love: Some Hope in the Darkness with Debbie Deegan | The Long Leash #49

May 27, 2022

An 86-year-old grandma left her beloved dog behind in Ukraine as she fled the war. Debbie Deegan reunited them.

Dog Movies that Make Us Cry Tears of Joy with Mark Bomback | The Long Leash #48

May 13, 2022

Screenwriter Mark Bomback discovers the thrill of making people cry about dogs with the film The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Insta-Fame and Loki the Wolfdog with Kelly Lund | The Long Leash #47

April 29, 2022

With over 1.9 million Instagram followers, Loki the Wolfdog is one famous dog. What does it take to lead the Insta pack? His dad Kelly Lund says a good bit of skill, a lot of luck, and one beautiful Husky/Malamute/Wolf mix.

Humor, Reporting, and Personal Obsessions with Kelly Conaboy | The Long Leash #46

March 11, 2022

When Kelly Conaboy’s magazine editors stopped taking pitches about her dog Peter, she was forced to write her hilarious, heartwarming “dogoir” The Particulars of Peter.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity with Angela Medlin | The Long Leash #45

Feb. 25, 2022

How do you become an “overnight success” and have your products land on Oprah’s Favorites list? Spend fifty years observing dogs and thirty years carefully building your skill and talent.

Dogs as Therapists with Ward Serrill | The Long Leash #44

Feb. 11, 2022

Can a loving and well-adjusted dog help a grown man heal his abusive childhood? This award-winning filmmaker’s story suggests the answer is yes.

Teaching Dogs How to Talk with Leo Trottier | The Long Leash #43

Jan. 28, 2022

Cognitive scientist Leo Trottier is confirming what dog lovers already suspect: other animals have complex inner lives and can directly communicate with humans.

Saving The Planet One Poop At A Time With Tracy Rosensteel | The Long Leash #42

Jan. 14, 2022

Meet Tracy Rosensteel, the entrepreneur who says the secret to helping to control global warming and increase human health is picking up dog poop with the proper tool.

Amy Shojai: Writing from a Dog’s View Point | The Long Leash #41

Jan. 7, 2022

Amy Shojai is an author, animal behaviorist, actor, playwright, and lightning-fast fiction writer. She’s living her childhood dream penning thrillers from a dog’s point a view.

Jenna Mahan: Weird Things Dogs Get Into At The Holidays | The Long Leash #40

Dec. 17, 2021

Jenna Mahan of Embrace Pet Insurance has tons of tips for you – and the weirdest Christmas story you’ll ever, ever hear.

David Bessler: Revolutionizing Emergency Vet Medicine | The Long Leash #39

Dec. 10, 2021

David Bessler thinks we all have a role to play in helping animals during emergencies. His chain of [truly] revolutionary Veterinary Emergency Group clinics may prove he’s on to something.

Jess Stone: Riding Far and Fast on 2 Wheels + 4 Paws | The Long Leash #38

Nov. 26, 2021

Lovebirds Jess and Greg rode continents together on their motorcycles. Could their new dog Moxie adventure with them?

Ed Jamison: When the Dog Catcher Rebrands Animal Control | The Long Leash #37

Nov. 12, 2021

This dog catcher kept finding leverage and new solutions to old problems. Ed Jamison is an animal welfare pioneer who helps both the animal in need and the people in need who love them.

Kim Bressant-Kibwe: Pet Protection Agreements & Pet Trusts for Your Dog | The Long Leash #36

Oct. 29, 2021

Many shelter dogs are there only because their owners died without specific instructions for their care. Kim Bressant-Kibwe on how to protect your loved one from a similar fate.

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh: Entertainment Reporter, Writer & Dog Devotee | The Long Leash #35

Oct. 22, 2021

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a fast-writing, witty, knowledgeable journalist. She could write about anything … and she chooses to write about what dogs mean to humans.

James Gorman: New York Times Science Writer & Dog Lover | The Long Leash #34

Oct. 15, 2021

He has been a science writer at large for The New York Times for decades, covering everything from the invention of flea collars to the nature of consciousness. So, what next for this accomplished journalist as he retires fr…

Jane Cowan: Award-winning Journalist’s Biggest Investigative Story, Healing Her Boxer Dog in Supercanine | The Long Leash #33

Oct. 8, 2021

When award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent Jane Cowan’s Boxer dog Shiva fell ill, it set in motion what would become this reporter’s biggest investigative story yet – how to heal her dog.

Rick Bassman: From Pro Wrestling to Pit Bull Rescuing | The Long Leash #32

Oct. 1, 2021

His two biggest passions are Pit bull rescue and providing hope to people battling cancer. They are mantras that have been shaped by his life, one full of twists and turns and difficult and defining moments.

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

Sept. 24, 2021

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.

Guest: Mark Cushing

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

Sept. 17, 2021

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.

Guest: Ciaran Walsh

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

Sept. 3, 2021

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…

Guest: Patch Baker