The Long Leash with James Jacobson

Dog Podcast Network

Dogs know that the most delicious and nourishing treats are often found on the ground. In “The Long Leash,” we rescue tasty scraps from the editing room floor in an unscripted interview show. Listen in as James Jacobson, founder of Dog Podcast Network, chats with newsmakers and celebrated dog lovers. Go behind the scenes of a fledgling podcast network dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for dogs and the people who love them.

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When USAID worker Jess Stone fell in love with her fellow international aid worker now-husband Greg, she knew she would spend a lifetime on two wheels. Greg was an inveterate, unrepentantly passionate motorcycle enthusiast, and Jess was a city girl who didn’t even drive stick. But they loved each other, so they bought motorcycles in Liberia so Greg could teach her to ride. He turned out to be a less-than-patient teacher – but a great road partner. Back in the states, they rode all over the continent and down to South America, stopping in Guatemala along the way and falling in love with the highlands, the people, and the culture. Years later, Greg got a job with a Guatemalan nonprofit that provides microfinances for indigenous women. Once settled in Panajachel on a lake surrounded by three volcanoes, Jess finally realized her lifelong dream and got a dog. Visiting a litter of German Shepherd pups, Jess took Greg’s sage advice to “pick the dog who picks you,” and Moxie joined their family. Moxie’s high energy told Jess she would be up for their epic motorcycle adventures … but her weight eliminated any of the current options for riding with them. To keep her bike and their rides lightweight and supple, Jess and Greg created a new type of motorcycle dog carrier: a frame that is custom-made to fit the bike and dog in question, is lightweight, and totally secure. It’s called the K9 Moto Cockpit. Creating the cockpit led to creating a company to make them for other moto folks, and pretty soon, GoRuffly.com was born. The company makes everything locally, including the cockpit, but also high quality, finely crafted adventuring dog gear. Jess and Greg built their company to make sure employees are well paid and safe. Most work from home, so they can also care for their families. Meanwhile Jess, Greg, and Moxie continue to come up with new ideas and new ways to make a difference. What’s next? Raising funds for Girl Up, a nonprofit that helps girls all around the world become leaders in their local community. The goal: raise $100,000 with a motorcycle trip around the world that will be chronicled on their YouTube channel. Along the way they will visit Girl Up clubs and 10% of all gear purchases from GoRuffly will go to their fundraiser. About Jess Stone Jess Stone has spent years helping people in the developing world, whether by working overseas with USAID, starting an ethically made outdoor dog gear company, or riding around the world to raise funds and awareness for Girl Up, a nonprofit that develops leadership skills in girls in all 50 states and 130 countries. Along with her husband and fellow aid worker, Greg, Stone is creator of the K9 Moto Cockpit, a unique way to carry your dog on your motorcycle. https://goruffly.com/world-adventure https://www.goruffly.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/Ruffly https://www.instagram.com/goruffly/ https://www.facebook.com/goruffly https://girlup.org/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Nov 26

36 min 49 sec

You know that person at work who has a new idea every five minutes? Who says at least once a meeting, “I was thinking about it, and why don’t we…?” That’s Ed Jamison. But he’s not some tech entrepreneur – he’s an expert in animal welfare with decades of government experience, and now the Director of Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas. Ed joins us today to explain how he has used data to help governments revamp their animal control programs into animal welfare programs. He’s got a huge catalog of dog stories dating back decades to his days as a newbie Animal Warden in Ohio, where he convinced his bemused supervisors to try new methods to old problems by staying on budget. Or his time as Chief Animal Control Officer in Cleveland, where he rebranded both the agency (to Animal Welfare and Control) and the negative reputation of the city’s rescue pittie population to the very cool City Dogs. Whether taking dogs out for jogs to leverage their need for exercise into positive marketing for pittbulls, showing up at any dog-friendly business with super awesome rescues, lowering euthanasia rates in Dallas (where he served as Director of Dallas Animal Services), starting a pet food bank for people in need, to literally saving lives – dog AND human – by reducing loose dogs on the street, Ed has been searching for leverage in animal welfare. Stepping into the directorship of Operation Kindness makes Ed’s work, for the first time, non-governmental. Now that he has private support and funding for his big ideas, he’s able to help the already-pioneering 501c3 to help even more people. As the pandemic rages, he’s got the animals in mind – because as he points out, behind every animal in need, there is a human in need, too. About Ed Jamison Ed Jamison became CEO of Operation Kindness in March of 2021. Previously, Ed was Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland. He then served as the Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS), where he led a staff of more than 200 employees, rebuilt the volunteer base, and instituted new, progressive programming. The “Dallas 90” campaign was designed to help create a community where all people and animals are safe, treated with respect, and have access to the resources needed to thrive. Ed’s policies and programs have been copied all over the country. He is currently the President of Texas Unites, Vice President of the National Animal Care & Control Association, and Board Member for the Association of Animal Welfare Advancement and Shelter Animals Count. Ed’s love for animals means that he also has many pets at home, including a few foster fails. His pets include his dogs (Gurble and Esme), cats (Bertram, Deliah, Riley, Weston, Nestor, Merwin, Scrappy, and Kiwi), goldfish (Iragoo), cows (Cookie, Sprout, and Oliver), and miniature donkeys (Fern and Evie). https://www.operationkindness.org/ https://twitter.com/opkindness https://www.instagram.com/operationkindness/ https://www.facebook.com/OperationKindness/ https://www.youtube.com/user/OpKindness https://www.linkedin.com/company/operation-kindness https://www.tiktok.com/@operationkindness About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out! Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Nov 12

48 min 31 sec

Many folks assume that shelter dogs have something wrong with them, and that’s why they are there. But it’s not true. Some shelter dogs are there only because their owners died without making provisions for their care … and no one stepped up to take them in. With almost a million dogs euthanized every year in U.S. shelters, that’s a LOT of beloved family members who lose their parent, then get sent to a shelter, are not adopted (because they are too old, or have a pre-existing illness) … and are euthanized. Kim Bressant-Kibwe, former Trusts & Estates Counsel for the ASPCA, joins us to have a frank and enlightening discussion about what exactly should be done now – today – to protect our pets in an unfortunate future. According to the latest estimates, about 57% of U.S. households include at least one pet. And yet, only 20-25% of Americans have wills in place … and few of those have provisions in place for their beloved animal family members. Bressant-Kibwe gives tips on whether to use a will or a trust, how specific your trust should be, how to interrogate a trusts and estate lawyer to determine if they will be able to protect your darling, why microchipping helps prevent fraud, and more. Her overall message is forceful and convincing: we should be having hard conversations with ourselves and our trusted loved ones today, to protect our furbabies tomorrow. About Kim Bressant-Kibwe As the Trusts & Estates Counsel for the ASPCA from 1999 to 2016, Bressant-Kibwe was responsible for the administration of all charitable gifts directed to the ASPCA from national and international donors via their wills, trusts and estates. A Cornell undergrad who went to Georgetown for law school, she’s a passionate animal lover and tireless advocate for their welfare. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-planning/pet-trust-primer https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/pet-trusts.html https://legacy.humanesociety.org/documents/h/humane-society-of-the-united-states/pets_in_wills_factsheet.pdf https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/estate-planning-for-animal-lovers-pet-trusts-101 https://www.akcchf.org/how-to-help/donate/planned-giving/pet-trusts.html About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Oct 29

39 min 24 sec

Talented writer and journalist Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is known for her inspired and inspiring coverage of everything from entertainment to travel to advertising to U.S. history. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and Adweek. She’s fast, witty, and full of stories. Oh, and she also LOVES dogs. Living in her hometown of New York City, gives Ascher-Walsh plenty of opportunities to both meet dogs and help dogs. Whether it’s timing her elevator ascent so her dogs can avoid the bulldog on fourteen heading down for his walk … or giving a shelter dog one last morning stroll before her scheduled euthanasia, she’s seen, heard, and done it all. Many of her stories eventually make their way into books published by National Geographic. Devoted, Loyal, and Love Unleashed are packed with tales of extraordinary dogs. When Ascher-Walsh is not writing about our canine companions, she’s rescuing them. As Director and founder of Deja Foundation, she ensures that medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters are taken care of. Ascher-Walsh joins us to give us a peek into the world of high-kill shelters, advocacy journalism, and a deep discussion on how we in the media have a responsibility to help pit bulls regain their original reputation of being a “nanny dog.” About Rebecca Ascher-Walsh Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is the author of Devoted, Loyal, and Love Unleashed, books about extraordinary dogs and their people published by National Geographic. She lives with her family, which includes a pit bull named Joe and a rabbit named Oreo, in New York. The Deja Foundation: http://www.dejafoundation.org/ Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs: https://amzn.to/3aZh8Rl Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and the Devotion of Dogs: https://amzn.to/3b1NWcp Love Unleashed: Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs: https://amzn.to/3C5mWEW *As an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases. About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Oct 22

40 min 43 sec

James Gorman dog lover, science writer for The New York Times, author and narrator, is stepping away from the newspaper after almost three decades. He is the author of books on hypochondria, penguins, dinosaurs and the ocean around Antarctica. He writes about animals, viruses, archaeology and the evolution of dogs and he’s also taught science writing at New York University, Fordham University and as part of Stanford University’s online program. In this conversation he deep dives into many of his articles over the years including his most recent ‘How old is the Maltese really?’. He also lifts the lid on his approach to telling fascinating science stories and shares his thoughts around the science and reporting on the COVID pandemic. About James Gorman  James Gorman is a science writer at large for The New York Times and the author of books on hypochondria, penguins, dinosaurs and the ocean around Antarctica. He writes about animals, viruses, archaeology and the evolution of dogs. He has been at The Times since 1993, as an editor on The New York Times Magazine, deputy science editor, editor of a personal technology section, outdoors columnist, science columnist and editor of Science Times. From 2013 to 2019 he wrote and narrated the video feature “ScienceTake.” Over the course of his career at the Times and elsewhere, James Gorman has written about everything from the invention of flea collars to the nature of consciousness. Most recently he has covered the lives of animals, the evolution of dogs and viral diseases in animals. The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/james-gorman Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimgorman About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Oct 15

48 min 36 sec

Jane Cowan is an Australian journalist who has reported from around the world including as a foreign correspondent in the United States. But as life would have it, her biggest assignment as an investigative journalist would be the one that set her on the path to save her dog’s life. Jane spent 20 years at Australia’s national broadcaster the ABC, reporting on some of the biggest stories. When she returned home to Australia to work as a photojournalist, it was finally time to get a dog. But in 2018 everything changed when her Boxer dog Shiva got very sick and almost died. He went from a happy, healthy 18-month-old puppy to being unable to bend down or move his neck. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and prescribed steroids as treatment. But the drug damage that came from that decision, set Jane on an investigative journey that would see her dive head-first into the world of canine health and wellbeing, swapping her decades in news reporting to become a dog blogger and author of a book on how to raise a healthier dog. About Jane Cowan  Jane Cowan is the author of Supercanine: How to Raise a Healthier Dog or Revitalize a Sick One. The book is drawn from her experiences restoring her own dog’s health after drug damage caused by steroids prescribed for an autoimmune condition. Jane spent two decades as an award-winning journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including six years as a foreign correspondent based in the United States, before walking away from it all to apply her investigative training to canine health and wellbeing. She writes the Boxer Dog Diaries, a comprehensive resource for Boxer owners and the blog Shiny Happy Doggy.  The Boxer Dog Diaries: https://boxerdogdiaries.com/ Shiny Happy Doggy: https://shinyhappydoggy.com/home/ Supercanine: https://www.amazon.com/Supercanine-Raise-Healthier-Revitalize-Sick-ebook/dp/B08W9Z2HPF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Supercanine-103004585163202 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boxerdoglife/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Oct 8

53 min 5 sec

At the top of his game, Rich Bassman was a high-ranking Disney executive, big-time concert promoter, TV and Movie producer and owned Professional Wrestling and Mixed martial Arts brands & fighting gyms. But at the bottom he battled Stage 4 testicular and lung cancer, homelessness, poverty, addiction and was shot, stabbed and bitten. So, who and where is he now? Rick Bassman is an American entrepreneur, talent agent, author and podcaster among other things. He is unlike anyone you’ve probably ever met – in his words, he is a contradiction in terms. Someone who is just as apt at digging a bullet out of his belly as he is to cry at a love story.  He counts, among his best friends, career criminals, environmentalists, hard-drinking street brawlers and business leaders. But as he says, they all have one thing in common, they are good people. In this Long Leash, Rick talks candidly about his near-death in his teens, the day his mother left and never came home, his love of dogs, love for life and his mission to change perceptions about Pit Bulls. About Rick Bassman  Like his guests on his podcast Talking Tough, Rick Bassman was also at the top of his world. Also like his guests, he crashed to the bottom in spectacular fashion. From being the highest-ranking executive ever hired by The Walt Disney Company without a college degree and winning an Emmy Award, to travelling the world with artists like Guns N Roses, to owning his own successful Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts brands. And his “highs” were always interspersed with “lows…” including Stage 4 cancer, the loss of many close to him, countless street fights, a wrecked spine, life-threatening infections which led him to choose three decades-long depression, homelessness and addiction. And also like his Guests, Rick is rising again, taking responsibility for his life, consciously finding an ever-widening path to peace and spirituality, and giving his all to be of service. Talking Tough podcast: https://www.talking-tough.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wewinnow/about Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wewin2177/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickbassman/ Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation: http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Oct 1

51 min 51 sec

In the last 20 years pets have gone from the backyard to sleeping on our beds, then showing up in every corner of America. But what has this complete shift in our relationship with pets meant for society? Lawyer, strategist and author Mark Cushing has explored this phenomenon in his book Pet Nation, which tells the story of this seismic shift and the economic, media, legal, political, and social dramas springing from this cultural transformation. So, what was it that happened in the 1990’s when things started to change? What were the forces at play that saw our dogs and pets became treasured members of the family? In this conversation, Mark speaks widely about the foundation of the book, as well as his work to help regulate, develop policy and provide strategic advice, at state and federal levels, to animal health and veterinary clients across all sectors. About Mark Cushing  Mark Cushing is the Founder & CEO of the Animal Policy Group. A long-time political strategist, government regulatory advisor, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues and accreditation, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors. He currently leads several industry coalitions and initiatives. Mark has guided successful accreditations for a growing list of veterinary colleges and is co-founder of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association. Mark has recently penned Pet Nation, a book that tells the inside story of how companion animals are transforming our homes, culture, and economy. Pet Nation: https://www.marklcushing.com/ Animal Policy Group: https://animalpolicygroup.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marklcushing Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mark.l.cushing/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marklcushing/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!  Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Sep 24

57 min 8 sec

One-Eyed Leo is not the usual children’s book. It takes children and their parents on a journey of discovery, love, life, play, learning, joy and heartbreak when it comes to dog ownership. But it is a story like no other, where, as Ciaran Walsh explains ‘the magic of everyday tasks appears in the detail and vanishes into the cold reality of responsibility’. Within the 38 pages of this powerful book, the idea of owning a dog is explored in an educational and realistic way. In fact, Ciaran is possibly the only author in the world who is happy that people don’t like his book, because there is a much bigger play at stake. Ciaran Walsh is a humble Irishman, who makes clear that One Eyed Leo is definitely a team effort, with 50 experts contributing to the book and it is one he hopes will open eyes, change minds and give children and parents alike, a renewed appreciation about pet ownership. About Ciaran Walsh  Ciaran Walsh is the Founder at Dog Internet of Things, an internet platform that assists would be dog owners to consider all the responsibilities and all aspects of canine ownership. Ciaran is behind 'One-Eyed Leo', a book for children and parents and the latest innovation in pre-adoption welfare. Seeking partners to bring it global. Dog Internet of Things is an on-line business dedicated to changing dog welfare from pre-adoption to the end of the journey. It provides an on-line basic education in dog ownership. Ideal for anyone considering the idea of getting a dog, or for anyone seeking to improve their relationship with their pet.This venture has been supported by the Local Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland and won the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Academy Award 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciaran-walsh-169a64150/ https://www.doginternetofthings.ie/ As heard in this episode: Rebound Dog https://reboundog.com/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Sep 17

35 min 24 sec

Patch Baker’s is an inspiring story. One born partly during, and partly after his time in the military. His life has been full of high highs and very low lows, all which have made him the man he is today. Patch spent nearly 15 years serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. When his time in the military ended, he joined the State and Secret Service and in 20-13 he was shot in the chest in Bagdad. His next move would be to return to civilian life and the so called ‘real world.’ What would follow would be a challenging and fascinating transition to life after the military. Now Patch spends most of his time helping businesses create extraordinary results and growth… with a particular focus on the veteran community. This is a deep and wide-ranging conversation about Patch’s evolution and we start in a very important place, talking about his P-T-S-D service dog, best friend and protector, Reacher. About Patch Baker  Patch Baker spends most of his time helping businesses create extraordinary results and growth within their respective markets. Although his focus in on the Veteran Community, he works diligently to connect non-Veteran owned businesses, and individual Patriots, with brands and businesses which support our Nation’s Warfighters. Patch spent nearly 15 years serving the United States and is a Service Disabled Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Patch is a serial entrepreneur, expert marketer, investor, speaker, and has acquired a unique set of skills through multiple acquisitions and business exits. His consulting clients range from Fortune 500 clients to Veteran-owned start-ups. https://www.patchbaker.com/ https://www.facebook.com/patchbakerusmc/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/patchbaker/ https://www.instagram.com/patchbakerusmc/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Sep 3

1 hr 11 min

“He was not old. It was not his time, I will spare you the drama, except to say I lived in the pupil of his eye,’ Dead Dog by Lisa Underwood. That poem is among 52 stories from people around the world in author Jim Mitchem’s book “Gone Dogs” – a tribute to the dogs that have left us, written by the people who loved them.  But the crowd-sourced book only really came to be, after Jim wrote a blog post about his dog’s passing. It was a simple tribute that generated such a strong response, he realized that all dog owners have something important in common — eventually, we must all say goodbye. Jim and his design partner Laurie Smithwick collected the stories to create a special coffee table book, which may just be the greatest collection of love stories about dogs ever published. In this Long Leash, Jim tells the story behind the many heart-warming tributes in the book, but also how writing Gone Dogs changed his life. About Jim Mitchem  Jim Mitchem is a writer based in Charlotte. He's married and is the father of two daughters who are both in college. He has a few human friends but prefers the company of dogs. As a copywriter, he makes a living coming up with ways to get people to think differently about things. He’s written a novel, Minor King, a novella, Mongoose, and has a thousand files containing a thousand other stories and poems that really need my attention. I am also the publisher and editor of Gone Dogs, a crowd-sourced book about the dogs of our lifetimes. Dogs who are gone, but who will never be forgotten. With his partner, designer and artist Laurie Smithwick, the pair pulled together the greatest dog book ever published after five years of falling down and getting up again and again and again. In his own words: “I'm reminded of why this book is important every time someone tells me how much they love it, or how it's helped them overcome the grief of their own gone dogs. That was the idea--to put something beautiful into the world that anyone who has ever loved a dog can identify with. Deeply.” Buy a copy of Gone Dogs through Amazon by clicking this link Jim Mitchem’s links https://www.QuickLikeMongoose.com https://www.facebook.com/GoneDogsBook/ https://twitter.com/GoneDogs https://www.instagram.com/gonedogs/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmitchem/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Aug 27

29 min 16 sec

Victoria Stilwell is probably best known as the star of the international hit TV and YouTube series “It’s me or the Dog” where she helps owners tame their unruly pups. But there is so much more to this world-renowned dog trainer, best-selling author, award winning TV presenter, animal rescuer and dog ambassador, who has been educating and entertaining audiences across 120 countries since 2005. A passionate advocate for positive reinforcement dog training methods, Stilwell is editor-in-chief of Positively.com and CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, via which she has created a global network of world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers.  Victoria originally trained as an actress and had parts in TV shows and on the stage, but it was dogs that stole her heart from when she was a little girl. In this Long Leash, she shares her story from childhood, and sheds light on one email that would catapult her into homes around the world and give her the perfect platform to show people a kinder way to train dogs. About Victoria Stilwell  Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV and YouTube series It's Me or the Dog. Having filmed over 110 episodes plus multiple other TV projects, Stilwell reaches audiences in over 100 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. A best-selling author, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behavior. As a passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com and Positively TV, the founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers. The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved with organizations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for force-free positive reinforcement dog training methods. She is an Ambassador for the RSPCA, International Ambassador for the Soi Dog Foundation and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, The Georgia Pet Coalition, The Grey Muzzle Foundation, DogTV, Dognition, and Canine Assistants. https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaStilwell https://twitter.com/victorias https://www.youtube.com/victoriastilwell https://www.instagram.com/victoriastilwell/ https://www.facebook.com/vsdogacademy/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Aug 20

1 hr 3 min

As a talent executive for the likes of late show host Conan O’Brien, Lori Levine knows better than most ‘the show must go on’. But how do you do that when you lose three four-legged friends in one year? That was Lori’s family’s reality in 2020, when amid the Coronavirus pandemic and the many associated stresses, they said goodbye to their dogs Suki, Casey and Kipper one after another. How she coped and the insights she gained came as a result of some hard-won wisdom from her past, a special Warren Zevon song and a tight knit ‘Brady Bunch’ family unit, who carried each other through a difficult time. Lori is sharing her story in the hope it will help you face your dog’s death when the time comes. It is probably a good idea to have a tissue on hand … but brace yourself for some belly laughs too, as this dynamo is one waggish storyteller. About Lori Levine Lori Levine, founder of Flying Television, is a pioneer in the world of strategic entertainment marketing and events. The driving force behind some of the most recognizable entertainment promotions and parties of the past decade, Lori harnesses the power of celebrity to elevate brands above the clutter of the modern media landscape. As a talent executive for NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Lori earned widespread acclaim for her ability to keep the show at the cutting edge of pop culture and ensure a constant flow of A-list guests. The list of celebrities who look to her for insight and counsel – among them Kate Hudson, Usher, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, and Kim Kardashian – is a testament to her ability to make and keep friends close. Social Media Instagram: @FlyingTV, @LoriLevineFTV  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-levine-721b9b4/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingTelevision/  About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!  Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Aug 12

1 hr 17 min

Jess Rona is a celebrity dog groomer in every way. She styles the dogs of celebrities. She styles the coats of dogs who are (in their own right) Instagram celebrities. And as an executive producer and a reality TV star, Jess Rona is a celebrity. But the life she lives now is far from her humble beginnings. This one-woman dynamo started grooming dogs in her garage. Things took off when she started making slow-motion music videos of the dogs for their owners – ears and fluff flapping in the wind. Those videos went viral--and so did Jess. Jess Rona now lists Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel’s dogs among her celeb clients, she has written a book, appeared on a range of TV shows and is a star judge on the hilarious HBOMax dog grooming series ‘Haute Dog’. In this Long Leash, dog stylist, actress, comedian, Instagram sensation and filmmaker/producer Jess Rona gives an honest account on how she reached the highest of highs, by going down a very unconventional path. About Jess Rona Jess Rona is the most influential groomer today, having built a cult-like following on social media with her signature musical slow-mo blowout videos and impressive celebrity pet clientele. As a skilled groomer, content creator, and comedian, she’s created a multi-dimensional grooming empire. In 2018, Rona released her first book Groomed that features over 100 touchingly real and hilarious moments of her canine clients. Several brands have partnered with Jess to create and direct original content, including Bissell, Standard Hotels, Apple, Ouai, Outdoor Voices, The Hoxton Hotels, Valentino, Casper – and even a music video for the popular cult band Tegan & Sara. In front of the camera, she’s been a part of television shows New Girl (Fox) and One Mississippi (FX). When she's not creating poodle content, you can find Jess at her new grooming shop that opened Summer of 2020 in Larchmont Village in Los Angeles. She is also executive producer and star of the Critic’s Choice Nominated HBOMax series Haute Dog, inspired by Jess's life and brand. https://www.instagram.com/jessronagrooming/?hl=en, https://www.youtube.com/c/JessRonaGrooming/featured https://www.facebook.com/JessRonaGrooming https://jessronagrooming.com/ About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Aug 1

32 min 9 sec

When The New Yorker reporter Nick Paumgarten was tasked with writing a piece on pandemic pets, he never imagined it would take him on a journey through the curious relationship between people and dogs in the time of Covid. In the past 18 months, adopting pets, especially dogs, has been a global pastime. It has solved many people’s need for companionship and comfort in a time of stress and isolation. There have been dozens of stories on how the rate of adoption has exploded. There have been dozens more on what will become of the many pandemic pets that now exist in the world. But has there actually been a pet boom at all? Or has there been a boom of a different kind? One which says far more about humankind and pet culture. We also explore how writing this article changed Nick’s relationship with his own dog? Nick Paumgarten has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2005. His most recent piece in the magazine is about the curious relationship between people and dogs in the time of Covid. He lives with his family in Manhattan. Their dog, Kiekko, is an eight-year-old rescue mutt from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Twitter @NickPaumgarten Twitter @NewYorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/28/what-will-become-of-the-pandemic-pets About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE to The Long Leash so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Jul 22

37 min 40 sec

By day Chris Roy is an IT professional and by night and weekends, he’s an avid animal rescuer, pilot and superhero who loves to dream up new ways that technology can help people help animals. Chris Roy started flying animal rescues, transporting shelter dogs from high-kill locations to places where they were more likely to be adopted. But realizing that coordinating the ground and aviation legs was not as simple as it could be, he created a system to coordinate the trips . And he named it after his cat: Doobert. Doobert is a volunteer based Uber-like service with tens of thousands of volunteers across the US, that any rescue or shelter can use. It is kind of like match.com where rescues and shelters connect with each other and with volunteers who transport the animals wherever they need to go. The online platform has become a household name in the world of pet rescue, and it all started with a 17-year-old, 15-pound cat called Doobert. About Chris Roy and Doobert Chris Roy is the father of several cats and dogs and the creator of Doobert.com, an online software platform for animal welfare volunteers and organizations. As a multi-engine pilot from Milwaukee, Chris has flown hundreds of animal rescue missions and has helped relocate animals from high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries. With his experience and expertise in IT, he continues to look for ways to make it easier for everyone to help animals. Chris is a transformative, global leader in Information Technology and innovative technology disruptor in Animal Welfare. https://www.facebook.com/Doobertrescue https://twitter.com/Doobert https://www.instagram.com/doobert/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/doobert https://www.youtube.com/c/Doobert https://www.tiktok.com/#pipsrescue/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE to The Long Leash so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Jul 14

46 min 4 sec

Nicole Kincaid has been rescuing dogs for over 10 years, but her journey with special needs pups started with two German Shepherds – Keena and her amputated leg and Mr Magoo who was blind. There was an instant connection and one that propelled Nicole down the path of establishing Perfectly Imperfect Pups rescue, or PIP for short, which specializes in dogs with special needs. Whether a dog is missing a leg, deaf, blind, is in a wheelchair or just needs some extra support, Nicole and her team give it the love and care it needs, and then finds the perfect fosters or adopters who are ready to embrace a dog with special needs. Her story is genuine and heart-warming, from starting the rescue to the many amazing ‘tails’ of the Pip-Abled and all the ups and downs that go along with it. About Nicole Kincaid & PIPs Perfectly Imperfect Pups (PIPs) founder and director Nicole Kincaid’s mission is to build a community of like-minded, dog rescue ninjas that strives to save the lives of at-risk dogs. PIPs primary focus are medical and special needs dogs that are often overlooked. We call these dogs “PIP-abled” which means perfectly imperfect. A dog that may need a wheelchair, is missing limbs, deaf, blind or in need of some extra love and care is their niche. While they love and focus on PIP-abled dogs; puppies, healthy adult dogs, and seniors they are inclusive of all dogs in need. All foster pups are kept in foster homes, and while they do not have a permanent location currently, that’s the long-term plan. PIP does not receive funding and runs solely on donations and adoption fees. https://pipsrescue.org// https://www.facebook.com/pipsrescue/ https://www.instagram.com/pipsrescue/ https://www.tiktok.com/#pipsrescue/ Links to The Dodo videos mentioned in this episode The Dodo: Tony does zoomies for the first time The Dodo: The charmed sisters About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE to The Long Leash so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Jul 2

34 min 47 sec

Jennifer Anniston, John Legend and Ariana Grande all have something in common beyond being celebrities. They’ve all been connected to their new furry best friends by celebrity pet matchmaker Melissa Bacelar. Based in Hollywood, Melissa has a starring role in the pet matchmaking business. She has a driving ambition to build a career focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for dogs experiencing homelessness. And she’s a blockbuster success: since March, 2020, Wagmor Pets has rescued and rehomed more than 2,500 dogs ... some of them with A-list animal lovers. Her client list may be packed with stars, but the secret to her success is knowing that even the most prestigious careers don't erase humanity. Her clients are people, like you and I … they’re just looking for a pooch to love and care for and to become a part of the family. Of course, being a celebrity and adopting a dog is not as straightforward as it sounds. Here Melissa shares her behind the scenes stories of bringing some big stars together with their rescue dogs. She also explains how a chance meeting with a talk show host has changed her life forever. About Melissa Bacelar  Wagmor Pets is a non-profit international dog rescue devoted to helping solve the issue of dogs experiencing homelessness. It is committed to preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals with an overall aim is to reduce animal suffering and increase animal wellbeing. The work to rehome dogs to responsible and caring homes where they can thrive and live happy lives, was founded by Melissa Bacelar, celebrity pet matchmaker and dog expert. During the pandemic, from March 2020 to today, Wagmor Pets has rescued more than 2,800 dogs.  https://www.wagmorpets.org/  https://www.instagram.com/wagmorpets/?hl=en  https://www.facebook.com/Wagmorpets/ 

Jun 23

31 min 29 sec

WARNING: May cause excessive cuddling, so have tissues handy. International bestselling author Dean Koontz joins us for a long and gratifying chat. The subject? Dogs, of course. Dogs who have strangled him, inspired him, comforted him, and loved him. Dogs who have strengthened his marriage and kept his family safe. Dogs whose kisses felt like kismet. Dogs who laughed, and played, and watched movies. Dogs who serve Koontz, his wife Gerda, and his many friends with noble service. Dogs who co-authored several of his books. Dogs have entwined themselves in, featured in, and shaped Dean Koontz's writing career. And now, in his seventies, he has a lot of heartfelt, inspiring, and hilarious tails to spin. Your dog wants you to listen to this chat with one of our most kind, prolific, successful, talented writers. 100% Dog Satisfaction Guarantee: Dogs, get ready for tasty treats, because this episode will prime your human to dispense them. About Dean Koontz International bestselling author Dean Koontz has written more than 105 novels, a number of novellas and short stories, and has sold over 500 million copies to date. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. After graduating from Shippensburg State College Dean Koontz wrote nights and weekends around other jobs to launch his career as an author. With the support of his wife Gerda, Dean eventually made his mark and she eventually quit her job to run the business end of her husband’s writing career. The couple live in Southern California with their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens now passed, Trixie and Anna.  https://www.facebook.com/deankoontzofficial/  https://twitter.com/deankoontz  https://www.instagram.com/deankoontzofficial/  https://canine.org/ 

Jun 16

1 hr 2 min

Partners in life, as well as art, documentary makers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker travelled the world, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. “We Don’t Deserve Dogs” is described by the pair as a contemplative odyssey across the planet, from former child soldiers in Uganda to the local pub in a Scottish town to a dog walker on the streets of Istanbul, this film is a kaleidoscope of unconventional portraits from fascinating locations. This is their second feature length documentary following “Barbecue” – about the ritual of cooking meat over an open flame. At the core, their films seek to tell global stories about the power of community, the role of tradition, and how unique cultural experiences shape the human condition. Those themes are absolutely captured in “We Don’t Deserve Dogs” and this conversation reveals not just the inner workings of the film, but the filmmaking process they used and the impact the Coronavirus pandemic had on its release. About Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are an Australian born, Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo. Their debut feature Barbecue world premiered at SXSW in 2017, was picked up for a three year global release by Netflix, and won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Documentary. Their second feature documentary, We Don't Deserve Dogs, was selected to premiere in competition at SXSW 2020, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film recommenced its festival run later in 2020, with selections at major festivals including Warsaw Film Festival, Miami Film Festival GEMS, and the Brisbane International Film Festival. Matt and Rosie's films are consistent festival favorites, screening at over 40 film festivals. Their short documentary Pablo’s Villa was the recipient of the 2014 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary, and Central Texas Barbecue was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 New York Food Film Festival. https://www.wedontdeservedogs.com/ About The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows.  Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

Jun 9

59 min 45 sec

Kristin Morrison is not only a seasoned veteran when it comes to the pet business world, but an inspiration on how to be successful. Kristin has written numerous books on how to do that, including 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business, and How to Recover From Pet Business Burnout. She also coaches others on how to build a successful pet business through her ‘Six-Figure Pet Business Academy’. But it’s not been a walk in the ‘dog’ park. When Kristin started her pet sitting business in the 1990’s she was working up to 100 hours a week. She realized there had to be a better way to do the thing she loved, while making money and with a better work-life balance. That light bulb moment was the catalyst for the incredible success she has had since. There have of course been ups and downs, lots of learning and relearning and a soul-searching recovery from burnout. But as Kristin is about sharing her experiences to help others and she has been generous in sharing her journey with The Long Leash.  About Kristin Morrison  Kristin Morrison has been featured on Yahoo Finance, ABC, NBC, CBS, Good Morning Arizona, and in Marketwatch, New York Post, Yahoo, Dogster Magazine, etc.  Kristin is the founder of Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ where she offers business coaching, online courses and webinars.  She is the host of the "Prosperous Pet Business" podcast and the author of six books.  https://www.sixfigurepetbusinessacademy.com/  The Long Leash  Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!   Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. 

Jun 3

46 min 23 sec

In this Long Leash conversation,, we’ll find out what Fear Free is and why it’s been a game changer for veterinarians AND dogs, gain insights into how dogs grieve loss, and explore the impact on our furry friends as we emerge from the pandemic. Steve has been a trusted voice in the world of pet health for over 20 years. You have likely heard him on the radio, seen him on TV, read him in print and online, and watched him speaking at events around the world. His contributions to advancing pet wellness have earned him many awards and recognition around the globe. https://stevedalepetworld.com/ https://www.avma.org/events/national-dog-bite-prevention-week https://twitter.com/stevedalepets?s=20

May 28

47 min 17 sec

As a talent executive for the likes of late show host Conan O’Brien, Lori Levine knows better than most ‘the show must go on’. But how do you do that when you lose three four-legged friends in one year? That was Lori’s family’s reality in 2020, when amid the Coronavirus pandemic and the many associated stresses, they said goodbye to their dogs Suki, Casey and Kipper one after another. How she coped and the insights she gained came as a result of some hard-won wisdom from her past, a special Warren Zevon song and a tight knit ‘Brady Bunch’ family unit, who carried each other through a difficult time. Lori is sharing her story in the hope it will help you face your dog’s death when the time comes. It is probably a good idea to have a tissue on hand … but brace yourself for some belly laughs too, as this dynamo is one waggish storyteller. About Lori Levine Lori Levine, founder of Flying Television, is a pioneer in the world of strategic entertainment marketing and events. The driving force behind some of the most recognizable entertainment promotions and parties of the past decade, Lori harnesses the power of celebrity to elevate brands above the clutter of the modern media landscape. As a talent executive for NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Lori earned widespread acclaim for her ability to keep the show at the cutting edge of pop culture and ensure a constant flow of A-list guests. The list of celebrities who look to her for insight and counsel – among them Kate Hudson, Usher, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, and Kim Kardashian – is a testament to her ability to make and keep friends close.    Social Media Instagram: @FlyingTV, @LoriLevineFTV  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-levine-721b9b4/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingTelevision/ About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out!  Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 19

1 hr 13 min

As a “voice for dogs,” Barry Karacostas has a lot to teach us about how to listen and care for our canine companions.  He was once a successful chef/owner in London’s competitive restaurant scene. But like many in that business, addiction and stress hit him hard. His wife Julie handed him their Rottweiler’s leash and said “Leo is YOUR responsibility now.” Forced to feed and walk Leo, Barry found himself healing and regaining confidence. Buying a dog walking service from a fellow Kensington Park denizen, he became known as the Dog Jogger. He built an off-lead dog pack one dog at a time. Over the years, Barry deepened his knowledge and commitment to canine health. He also attracted celebrity clients! Today, he's full circle: using his hospitality skills to run a five-star dog hotel. Chapters: 0:00 London’s Urban Dogs Pamper Time with Barry Karacostas 01:35 London’s Competitive Culinary Scene 02:31 Rise from The Downfall 03:24 Leo, The Rottweiler and Savior 04:38 Barry’s Dog Walking Business -- a Fluke or a Calling? 06:30 20 Dogs Running Unleashed – Okay, What?! How? 08:46 Leo as Wingman 09:42 Tracking Dogs with GPS 10:29 How to Build a Pack of Dogs 11:54 Happy Dog, Happy Human 15:05 The “Voice for Dogs” 16:13 City Dogs vs. Country Dogs 18:00 London Dogs vs. New York Dogs 20:36 The Soho House for Dogs 21:55 The Urban Mutts Experience 22:45 Blueberry Facials, Anyone? 23:35 Get Loose Doggos! 26:08 Sleepy Time … Hmm, Cabin or Penthouse? 28:15 Pandemic Soft Opening 32:01 Partnerships with Dog Charities and Foundations 33:24 Celebrity Patrons – Trust and Friendships 35:12 Expansion … Next! 37:00 Setting The Bar for Dog Daycare Industry About Barry Karacostas Barry the Dog Jogger is also the Founder of Urban Mutts Hotels, the UK’s first Dog Club & Hotel. A state-of-the-art facility for the urban canine community, it has a simple mission: making city dogs happier and healthy so they can make their busy urban owners feel the same way. About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out! Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 13

42 min 27 sec

Robert Forto is an award-winning dog trainer with nearly thirty years of experience. His approach, called Peak Performance, focuses on leash walking, communication, manners, and creating a balanced mood. He’s an internationally respected podcast advice guru and successful business owner. In short, he’s got a great life doing good work with people who really love their dogs. A dream life, right? Yes … and he’s also got a not-so-secret dream: to run the Iditarod before he gets too old. The legendary race is nearly one thousand miles in length over some of the most challenging terrain on the planet. It takes weeks to run … weeks of snow, and ice, and cold, and strain. Musher and pack must be one in mind and body in order to finish, let alone win, this grueling race. After decades of building his pack of Huskies, one dog at a time … while running tens and tens of thousands of miles to learn and bond with his dogs … Forto is that much closer to achieving his dream. Chapters 0:00 Welcome to The Long Leash 02:06 A Bumpy Ride in The Life of a Seasoned Dog Trainer 03:15 An Interesting Love Story for Robert 04:59 Me-Time for Mushers In Love 06:38 Ever Heard of the Rock and Roller Tour?? 07:20 From Dog Training to Pursuing the Iditarod Dream 09:26 Hobby Farm Planted the Seed of the Iditarod Dream 13:04 Racing Down the Kenai Peninsula…. And Are Those Pterodactyls?! 15:43 The Life of Any Dog Musher During a Race – Passion Lives 17:38 A Bond and Affection Expressed in a Unique Way 18:19 Fresh Straw Bale = Treats! 19:01 Who Gets the Skittles Every Night?? 19:28 Pack of Athletes – The Thoroughbreds 22:57 Who Gets to Be the Lead Dog? 25:00 … When The Symphony Begins – And The Neighbors Couldn’t Care Less 28:14 Summers in Alaska… Time to Relax, Snoopies! 28:58 Coaching Lead Dogs – Basic Commands Matter 31:56 $30,000 A Year in Food Bills 32:30 Alaska Dog Works 34:59 Dog Works Radio 39:01 Almost Reality: Reaching for the Iditarod About Robert Forto Robert Forto began mushing in 1994 and became interested in long distance sled dog racing shortly thereafter. He plans to compete in the Iditarod before he gets too old. Forto owns and runs Alaska Dog Works with his wife Michele. They teach dog lovers how to become excellent dog trainers using a unique philosophy and system of training. He is also the host of a weekly radio show, Dog Works Radio where people all over the world call in to ask questions of Robert and other dog trainers. About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out! Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows https://shows.dogpodcastnetwork.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DogPodcastNetwork/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/dogpodcastnet Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dogpodcastnetwork/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR9QKdd9KLXbb-6xOi250fw

May 10

46 min 51 sec

Donna Dees worked for U.S. Senator from Louisiana Russell Long. She was David Letterman’s publicist on the Late Show. In 1999, she was birthing the anti-gun violence movement that would culminate with the Million Mom March. Glamour Magazine named her Woman of the Year for 2000. And right smack in the middle of all that, her husband asked for a divorce. They had two small daughters. How was she going to spin this?? The high-powered word magician leveraged her daughters' yearning for a dog. With no guarantee it would ease their pain, she told them the bad news: they were getting a divorce ... immediately followed by the good news: they were getting a dog. The resulting search for the perfect dog proved all-absorbing. Her adventure of finding, adopting, and living with Daisy Don't-Call-Her-the-Divorce-Dog is twisty fun. This is a soul-deep conversation about how dogs are the perfect companions for humans of all ages ... and about how we humans cope with tragedy. Chapters: 0:00 Welcome to The Long Leash 02:35 On the Job PhD in Politics Working for U.S. Senator Russell Long 04:45 Publicizing Stupid Tricks and Trailblazing for Working Moms at The Late Show with David Letterman 06:20 Tragedy in LA Leads to the Birth of the Million Mom March 08:50  Personal Tragedy of Divorce – Can It Be Softened with a Dog? 09:45 Don’t Call Her Daisy the Divorce Dog! 10:18 Divorce Lawyers Leverage Daisy’s Vet Bills for Billable Hours 11:45  Telling the Kids the Divorce and New Dog News 13:36 Two Dogs. Which One To Choose? The Kids Decide, and Custody Is Arranged 18:55 Daisy Saves a Golden Retriever From Drowning … But the Kids Demand Proof 21:18 Leaving CBS After a Record-Long Career 22:36 Daisy Doesn’t Seem Well 25:05 Tuesdays with Daisy: Quality of Life for the Best Pup Ever 26:25 Goodbye, Wonderful Darling Dear Daisy 29:32 Next up for Donna Dees: Documentary Film Making About Donna Dees Donna Dees is a career publicity expert. She started on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senator Russell Long before joining David Letterman. In 1999 Dees watched the coverage of the shooting at the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center. It made her angry, and sad, and she vowed to use her skills to do something. Within nine months she had birthed the anti-gun violence movement ... and organized the Million Mom March on Mother's Day, 2000. Glamour Magazine named her Woman of the Year.   Dees coauthored a book about her experience called Looking for a Few Good Moms: How One Mother Rallied a Million Others Against the Gun Lobby. Dees recently ended a thirty-plus year career at CBS ... and is currently conjuring a documentary on creatives in New Orleans. About The Long Leash Thank you for joining us. If you have enjoyed listening, please SUBSCRIBE so you’ll never miss out! Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows. Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

May 5

34 min 8 sec

Casey Isaacson had a problem. Her boyfriend was cool with her dog at first … until he wasn’t. Why’d she waste so much time on someone who would never fit into her life? Casey’s sister, Leigh, felt her pain. The two sisters created a dating app called Dig. On Dig, dog people find each other based on the most important criteria … compatibility with the soulmates who already occupy their hearts and beds. Leigh Isaacson, Co-Founder and CEO of Dig, joins host James Jacobson on this Loose Leader episode. They talk about what dog lovers are looking for when they look for love, how the app works, and why they don’t let users search by breed. It’s a fascinating off leash interview about what happens when start a business around bringing a new person – and a new dog – into your life. About Leigh Isaacson  Leigh Isaacson and her sister Casey created the dating app called Dig. Dig connects dog-people through one thing that’s already crucial to them—their love for dogs. A former TV journalist, Isaacson also teaches at Tulane University in their Homeland Security Studies Master’s Program. https://digdates.com/ 

Mar 25

34 min 45 sec

If someone wanted to create a mold of a serious journalist, they would use Martha Teichner as the model. Her career started in 1977, and she has reported on every topic you can think of. Her incredible voice and poised presence has been the vehicle through which we’ve learned about war, apartheid, pandemics, politics, and so much more. Since 1993, Teichner enters our living rooms every week as a correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning. For many, hearing her voice is like attending a delicious brunch where everything you want is served … from bagels and lox to waffles and whipped cream to roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. Plus: a champagne bar and good, strong coffee. So, when Teichner’s first book was published, many were surprised. It wasn’t about politics, or behind the scenes at the network, or about her work overseas. For decades Martha Teichner brought us the world, but in her memoir, she brings us her world. When Harry Met Minnie is about her dog, Minnie, and Minnie’s introduction to a new friend, Harry. Step into this picture postcard of a tale, in which a chance encounter with an old friend at the Union Square Greenmarket leads to Teichner’s brilliant new friendship with a dying woman named Carol Fertig, and to a love match for Minnie with Carol’s elderly dog, Harry. They say that we don’t rescue dogs, but they rescue us … and it often feels like we are fated to be together. In Teichner’s case, the guiding hand of fate is evident from the first moment she hears Carol’s name to meeting Harry, to the moment of Minnie’s death several years later. And all along the way, this remarkable storyteller details how she came to understand the real meaning of love. Of living life fully. Of being part of life, even when your life has shrunk to exist only within the four walls of a NYC apartment. Whether you believe in fate or not, if you believe in friends, and you believe in dogs, this episode is a must-listen. About Martha Teichner  Martha Teichner has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since December 1993, where she’s equally adept at covering major breaking national and international news stories as she is handling in-depth cultural and arts topics. Since joining CBS News in 1977, Teichner has earned multiple national awards for her original reporting, including twelve Emmy Awards and five James Beard Foundation Awards. Teichner was also part of team coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which earned CBS News a 2014 duPont-Columbia Award. Teichner was born in Traverse City, Michigan. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She attended the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Teichner resides in New York City.  https://celadonbooks.com/book/when-harry-met-minnie/    Social Media  @CeladonBooks @CBSSunday 

Mar 17

1 hr 21 min

Paul Owens, AKA the original Dog Whisperer, wants you to breathe. Oxygenating the blood and calming the mind is essential to being a good dog trainer. It’s also a simple, fast, minute-by-minute way to be kind to yourself. And he’s all about kindness. Paul’s positive, force-free training techniques work. Why? Because he uses behavioral science, as do “about 50%” of dog trainers working today. But his scientific understanding of the way neurons learn isn’t the only tool he uses. He also approaches dogs – and people – as natural friends and companions. Science, rooted in kindness and compassion. Join host James Jacobson for an insightful, often funny conversation with a trainer who, by his own admission, has had an epiphany. You might just learn something yourself by the end of this episode. And that will be good, for you, and for your dog. About Paul Owens  Paul Owens, the “original” Dog Whisperer, has been training dogs for over 45 years. Once a classical trainer who used choke collars and shame-based techniques, he has found a new and better way. Now Paul is one of the world’s leading proponents of positive, force-free, nonviolent animal training.  His books and DVDs have been translated into several languages and sold over 600,000 units worldwide. His message of kind and compassionate dog training has reached more than 5 million people through his products, articles, classes, seminars, and television and print interviews.  He is the best-selling author of The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate Non-violent Approach To Dog Training, The Puppy Whisperer and The Dog Whisperer Presents Good Habits for Great Dogs.  Paul Owens, The "Original" Dog Whisperer: https://originaldogwhisperer.com/dog-whisperer/  A reminder to breathe: Don't Forget to Breathe - Paul Owens, the Original Dog Whisperer Paul’s eulogy for Molly: Paul's Eulogy For Moly - Paul Owens (originaldogwhisperer.com)

Feb 26

43 min 21 sec

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 fall. But after his script about a dog narrating his last canine incarnation was released, he saw people crying on planes as they watched it on in-flight entertainment. The movie, which stars Kevin Costner as Enzo, and Milo Ventimiglia as his human, was released right in a weird time for the movie business. We had just stopped going to the theaters and started streaming films instead. Now that The Art of Racing in the Rain is on Disney+, more folks are seeing it and it’s sparking a real conversation. Do dogs reincarnate as humans, as the book the movie is based upon posits? Join host James Jacobson for a conversation about love, dogs, and art. It’s a special conversation with a special artist whose movie is the Terms of Endearment for dog lovers. About Mark Bomback  In 1994 Mark Bomback got his first job: as an assistant for Eagles' guitarist Glenn Frey. He held that job for a year before going on to become a screenwriter. His first credited screenplay was The Night Caller (1998). He has since gone on to co-write the scripts for numerous blockbuster films, including Live Free or Die Hard (2007), The Wolverine (2013) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). He's also done uncredited rewrites on several other high-profile films, such as Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Logan (2017) and The Mummy (2017.) His most recent project is the crime drama miniseries Defending Jacob produced by Apple TV+  The Art of Racing in the Rain on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478839/ 

Feb 19

45 min 2 sec

Even if you can't watch dogs on film without crying, you'll love this joyful, funny conversation. It's a backlot tour of the film industry with Wendy Mitchell, author of Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies. The insider and journalist has sniffed out the juiciest behind-the-scenes La-la-land tales. She dishes on everything and everybody, canine AND human. You'll laugh about how Lassie's casting went terribly wrong, or how Toto replaced a human actor in a dog suit ... and you'll cry about how Charlie Chaplin's dog died. These and many more stories show how many of the angels in this city wear fur and walk on four legs. Wendy Mitchell is a contributing editor for film business magazine Screen International. She has been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, IndieWire and Rolling Stone and has written for The Guardian, Variety, Time Out New York, the New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour and Billboard. She consults for film festivals including San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Goteborg. Wendy Mitchell: https://www.filmwendy.com/writing Wendy’s giant list of films with dogs: https://www.filmwendy.com/dogs-in-film Watch James meditate with Amber live on CNN: CNN on dog meditation with James Jacobson

Feb 12

52 min 4 sec

How do you find your heart's work in the middle of heartbreak? James Jacobson finds out by speaking with Dr. Peter Rork, pilot-turned-orthopedic-surgeon-turned-shelter-dog-rescuer. The founder of Dog Is My CoPilot traces his personal history and how it intersects with the personal histories of the thousands of dogs he's flown to their forever homes. Along the way, you'll get glimpses of wild mountain ranges and bluebird skies. Fly high and listen in for a conversation that perfectly captures what it is to be a human who loves dogs.    To find out more about Dr. Rork's nonprofit, go to dogcopilot.org   And don't forget, charity starts at home, so Dr. Rork hopes you will support your local shelter!

Feb 2

1 hr 24 min

Author and White House social expert, Jennifer Pickens joins James Jacobson in conversation on this episode of The Long Leash. Jennifer Pickens shares some spectacular stories about one of the most historic homes in the world and all of its four-legged inhabitants.

Jan 19

39 min 40 sec

On this episode of The Long Leash, Historian-in-Residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, Andrew Hager, shares some fascinating stories about dogs in the White House. He talks to James Jacobson about everything from a presidential dog named Satan to one who could have been the key to preventing a nuclear catastrophe. 

Jan 19

49 min 18 sec

This episode is from our sister podcast, Dog Cancer Answers: Could you imagine being able to build an open relationship with your vet? One where you feel comfortable discussing the use of herbs and supplements in place of chemicals and drugs? Believe it or not, it is possible, and this week’s episode tells our listeners how they can do exactly that. Dr. Judy Morgan discusses how pet parents can build stronger relationships with their dog’s medical care team, how to find a great vet if you need one, how to communicate your needs as a client, and everything else that goes into finding and keeping an exceptional team of medical professionals at every stage of your dog’s life! So, listen closely as Dr. Judy provides an abundance of tips that you won’t want to miss!  View more useful links and show notes on Dog Cancer Answers.

Jan 19

53 min 24 sec

March 2020: the pandemic forces our economy into a temporary coma. As our horror mounted at the number of cases, and as the shut-down lingered, dog parents confined to home recognized a secondary health crisis building. What to do about pets who NEED trimming when all the groomers are shut down? Through the clever use of a timeline and inclusion of real life stories, her book serves as a flashlight in the darkness of 2020. Oh, and if you are wondering what is “floof” - listen to the episode and find out

Dec 2020

24 min 6 sec

Dogs on Deployment is akin to a dating service that matches military personnel who are about to deploy with volunteers who will look after their pets while they are away on deployment. Alisa Johnson, the organization's co-founder and president discusses the triumphs and challenges of building and maintaining a national non-profit that has helped over 2,000 dog loving service members find a temporary home for their dogs while they were away defending the country.

Nov 2020

39 min 29 sec

Welcome to the first episode of The Long Leash. To start things off, our guest today is Rob Schwartz who was once described as a "CEO's Creative Director." In other words, the rare creative person who is fascinated by all aspects of a business and finds ways to create breakthrough platforms and campaigns that get results and build brands. So can dogs help elect a President? Listen to this episode to find out.

Nov 2020

31 min 14 sec