Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert are unapologetically dog-obsessed. So are their listeners.
"This is a podcast that will appeal to those who are dog-obsessed," Colvert said.
The podcast is a simple concept, really. From the show's website: "Every Tuesday, dog owner Allegra Ringo, dog wanter Renee Colvert, and producer Travis McElroy talk to guests about their dogs, discuss dogs they met this week, and brief you on dogs news. They go on assignment to dog events and report back with what you need to know. If there's a dog, they're gonna pet it!"
Since the first episode was released July 29, Ringo and Colvert said listeners have been very vocal via social media about what is and isn't working about the show. They try to make sure each episode has a mix of personality features about dogs and newsier stories. Each episode has a segment about a hero dog and a segment called "Mutt Minute," in which one of the hosts has a minute to educate the audience about a breed of dog. The twist is that at the end of the segment, the host who did the talking gets to assign their counterpart a breed to research for the next episode.
However, the hosts say they actively try to avoid making the show political or a platform for espousing strong dog opinions. They know their listeners are all against puppy mills and dog abuse, so they prefer to focus on happier things.
That doesn't mean there's no debate. On a recent episode, Colvert and Ringo waded into the debate over big dogs versus little dogs and asked listeners to weigh in on the issue using the hashtags #teambigdog, #teamlittledog and #teamgiantdog. While people have strong opinions about dog sizes, nobody is taking the competition too seriously.
"People are taking the #teambigdog debate in an appropriately jokey, faux-serious way," Ringo said. "All of our listeners, deep down, are #teamalldog."
Though both hosts are obsessed with dogs, only Ringo actually has a dog - a little nugget of fun named Pistachio. Colvert said that while she wants a dog, at the moment, it's logistically impossible. She has a roommate who teaches at their apartment and so with students coming in and out, having a dog isn't a great idea.
Also, Colvert said, she knows herself. She knows that if she has a dog, that will be the end of any sort of social life because she'll spend all her time with the dog. She said it already happens when she dogsits for friends.
"When I dogsit, I cancel plans," she said.
Can I Pet Your Dog is published every Tuesday. The show can be found on Twitter at @cipydpodcast. Follow them on Instagram, also under the handle @cipydpodcast and be sure to tag them when you post a picture of your dog.
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