Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.




Calling All Tween Future Veterinarians and Their Parents:

Pursue Your Dream Job Now with Vet Set Go

New Vet Set Go! Book & Web Community is First & Only Resource for Tweens and Teens to Help Them Get Going Toward Their Veterinary Career



Tips from Dr. Carpenter to foster your child’s passion for veterinary medicine:

1.Look for opportunities now. Don’t wait. Aligning a tweens interest now can encourage more interest in science and biology, opening additional career paths.

2.Any and all animal exposure is important. Animal experience is the best way to help children determine the direction they want to pursue.

3.Get Connected. Talk to your local veterinarian, animal lovers, and future veterinarians to help foster your child’s passion and love of animals.


ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 14, 2016) – While many adults are still trying to figure out what they want to do professionally, it turns out one in five tweens (aged 9 to 14) have made it clear — they want to be veterinarians. Unlike other career goals, this one is most likely to stick.

Today, 65 percent of practicing veterinarians state they knew they wanted to be a veterinarian before the age of 13. To foster this passion, Christopher Carpenter, DVM, created Vet Set Go— the first and only book and web community of its kind — to provide valuable information for tweens and teens as well as their parents and grandparents looking to feed a young person’s interest in animals by opening doors to veterinary medicine now.

According to Dr. Carpenter, veterinary medicine is a true calling, not just a whim or fancy of a child but rather a critical path in life. The newly released book — available at — outlines many ways young people can gain experience working with animals now — from shadowing a veterinarian and attending veterinary or zoo camps across the country to pet-sitting and fostering a pet through an animal shelter.

Consider Kate, Logan and Alyssa:

  • Kate, 12-years old, has always demonstrated a fascination for animals and has taken the lead in caring for her three cats, African Grey parrot, cockatiel, rabbit and two fish. Last summer she attended Animal Adventure Camp in Ohio where was able to further explore her dream.
  • Even before he hit his tween years, Logan, now 15 years old, knew he wanted to be a vet. When his mom saw how much he loved caring for his animals at home and at the local shelter, she enrolled Logan in Tiger Tails Summer Camp where he earned the “Most Likely to Become a Vet” award.
  • And it was no surprise to Alyssa’s parents when one morning the 12-year-old — who is devoted to caring for her dog, three cats, hamster and her beloved sugar glider — while telling everyone she plans to become a vet — asked if she could miss school to go to her cat’s veterinary appointment “just to watch what the vet does.”

Like these young aspiring veterinarians, Dr. Carpenter discovered his calling when he was 11 years old. “I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, but all I ever heard from both my family and others was ‘Well, you better learn science then.’ I didn’t know any vets to talk to about my dream and I never knew about veterinary camps for kids until I started this research for Vet Set Go,” he said. “But the reality is there are many creative ways to foster an interest in animals and teach science concepts. Future vets learn science through the love of animals. Animals are a great way to get more kids involved in science — and guide young minds to our profession or related science professions.”

Dr. Carpenter has created Vet Set Go! as a “how-to,” particularly for tweens, providing checklists, action plans, introductory letters and thank you notes. To compliment the book, is the first and only web community designed for aspiring tween veterinarians to virtually shadow veterinarians and share their experiences. The Vet Set Go community is created for tweens and teens to explore the science of taking care of animals, meet veterinarians from all over the country and take a peek into their practices through the video series called “Meet the Vets.” The website also invites program managers from camps, zoos, foster programs and other veterinary educational opportunities from all over the country to post their programs for tweens at

About Vet Set Go

Vet Set Go — both the new book and website community — is the first and only resource of its kind to provide valuable information for tweens, parents and grandparents looking to foster a young person’s passion for animals by opening the doors to veterinary medicine now. Recently named among the best in family-friendly media by Mom’s Choice Awards,Vet Set Go! is supported in part by a grant from Sentinel® Spectrum® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/ praziquantel) a delicious beef and bacon flavored chew to protect dogs against six parasites, including tapeworms. To purchase Vet Set Go! or explore the resources available, visit


of NORTH AMERICA and the Caribbean

by Scott Weidensaul

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 13, 2015), the newest addition to the trusted Peterson Reference Guide series, is a comprehensive guide to owls in North America. Owls are perhaps the most intriguing of all birds — instantly recognizable and endlessly fascinating, owls have captured the human imagination for millennia, and the Snowy Owl irruption in the winter of 2014 brought with it a new surge of curiosity and enthusiasm for these impressive and mysterious birds.

Seasoned birder and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has been banding owls for many years and in fact banded many of the Snowy Owls in the 2014 irruption. He brings his expertise to the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by providing the most up-to-date information about owls’ natural history, biology, ecology, migration, and conservation status.

The guide is packed with detailed information about identification, calls, habitat, nesting, and behavior, and is also the only North American owl book to include the Caribbean, covering 39 species of owls in total including many little-known tropical species.

Heard more often than seen, many owls are best identified by vocalizations; this is the only owl guide to include access to a collection of recordings. Hundreds of colored photographs accompany entries on each species of owl, including the most accurate color range maps showing breeding, wintering, and migration routes. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean is a definitive work useful for serious birders and ornithologists while equally accessible to the non-expert.

Scott Weidensaul
has written more than two dozen books on natural history, his most recent being Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. He is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, and The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct. He lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.


“Though Dillie cannot leave our five-acre property, she has touched people around the
world. Her reach is a miracle of modern communications, but it is also a miracle of love.
This blind rescued deer has had an impact that continues to ripple throughout the
world... Love and providence are the foundations of Dillie's life. As I marveled at all that
had come to me because of Dillie, I began to see that in saving her life, I had saved my
Melanie Butera, DILLIE THE DEER
A True Story of Love, Healing, and Family
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Sometimes, we are touched in ways we never would have expected. For veterinarian Melanie Butera, it
was not one of the thousands of dogs or cats she had treated over the years that changed her life—it was
a blind, dying fawn.
Melanie Butera’s memoir DILLIE THE DEER: A Story of Love, Healing, and Family (Regan Arts,
Hardcover, October 2015) is the remarkable true story of how one tiny fawn inspired people
everywhere—from South Korea to the International Space Station. Even more than twenty years of
emergency veterinary experience could not prepare Melanie for the day that a farmer brought Dillie to
her clinic. From a rambunctious fawn to an Internet sensation, Dillie was an endless source of joy for
Melanie and her husband, Steve. But when Melanie was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, they realized
the real reason Dillie was put in their life: to provide the love and support that would give Melanie the
courage to fight.
DILLIE THE DEER gives readers a personal look into Dillie’s likes, dislikes, inspirational courage,
and delightful adventures, including:
• How she learned to climb the stairs, open cabinets, play the piano, and work the ice
• Why linguine is her favorite food.
• The epic battle of tag between Dillie and arch-nemesis, Steve’s grandson Akheem.
UNFORGETTABLE STORY.• Her heartwarming relationships with her two best friends, Lady the standard poodle and
Niffie the cat.
• The creation of the Dillie Cam: a 24/7 live streaming camera where fans can watch Dillie
in her room.
DILLIE THE DEER is the perfect book for those who believe in the unique connection between
animals and humans and for everyone who believes in the power of the human spirit.
“I am fighting cancer again, but with confidence this time. No matter what the disease
does to me, it cannot erase the impact of my life. It cannot reverse the work I have done,
or end the friendships I have made. It cannot end the love I share with my husband. It
cannot erase the smiles I have seen on children’s faces when they meet Dillie. It cannot
remove the cherished memories I have of all the wonderful Dillie fans who reach out to
us from around the world, sending us love and prayers. I will continue on my journey
without fear, with the peace of knowing that my path is lit by love, joy, and a deer named
Melanie Butera, DVM, is a veterinarian with more than twenty years of emergency experience. She has
owned the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital for the past ten years and the Stark County Veterinary
Emergency Clinic before that. She has treated more than 100,000 emergency cases in her career and
now enjoys the different challenges of private practice work. Dr. Butera and her husband, Steve
Heathman, live in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Check out Dillie’s website:
A portion of the proceeds from the
sale of this book is donated to
Dillie’s charity for UNICEF and
local animal rescue charities.
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Publication date: October 27, 2015 | Price: $24.95 | ISBN: 9781942872108


Tired of your dog slobbering on your face? Trying to minimize mouthing? What supplies do you need before you bring home a new puppy? What do you do during a thunderstorm or with an elderly animal? For 15 years, has brought companions into the lives of thousands and now, for the first time ever, the editors at present The Total Dog Manual, a comprehensive guide to understanding your furry friend.

From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.

Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond.

In both her clinical work and in her writing, Pia addresses topics ranging from the loss of a personal companion animal to the climate of animal welfare as it relates to social justice on a broader scale.

Her writing is included in the recently published, Pet Loss and Human Emotion. And her extensive involvement in the animal rescue effort following hurricane Katrina has been featured on such shows as Animal Planet’s Hurricane Heroes and 20/20 to name a few. Pia is the spokesperson for , North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website.  This site gives adoptable animals national exposure and a chance at being adopted into loving homes.  

Pia hosts The Save-a-Pet show and is a contributing writer on the website. She covers such topics as why adopting not only saves lives, but makes for good parenting and promotes pro-social behavior in today’s youth.

You may also recognize Pia as a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, where she highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. Pia is also a regular guest contributor to The Martha Stewart blog, "The Daily Wag"
Pia has developed programs that pair at-risk teens with animals who share similar histories of abuse and neglect.  According to one of her Psychologist colleagues, “She may be little in stature, but she is big on personality. The kids and animals she works with love her ability to roll around and get dirty, both physically and emotionally.  She has a knack for reading both animals and humans!”.
Dr. Salk brings her own rescued animals into her clinical work. And she often credits the animals as being “the real therapists.”  

My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals
by: Dr. Merlin Tuttle

October 20, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"The Secret Lives of Bats is a whirlwind adventure story and a top-shelf natural history page-turner. But perhaps most important, it tells the feel-good conservation success story of the century: how Merlin Tuttle changed the world's perception of bats from monsters to angels—by befriending people, then showing them the truth. Everyone who cares about animals must read this riveting book about a fearless, indestructible gentleman-adventurer and the beautiful, gentle bats he has studied, protected, and loved.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus and The Good Good Pig

"The Secret Lives of Bats dispels the bad reputation of bats, long lurking in our imagination as creepy, somewhat scary creatures—the bit players in horror movies and Gothic romance. Tuttle’s innovative photography, adventurous spirit, and compelling words and science reveal bats for what they are: intelligent, social, and fascinating mammals. In short, Tuttle's fifty years of research and conservation commitment has turned our aversion into awe."

Kathy Moran, National Geographic

"Tuttle's recent attempts to photograph them in their natural habitat have led him through many hair-raising adventures, which he entertainingly chronicles. A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Kirkus Reviews

The Secret Lives of Bats highlights the life-long journey of the man who arguably has done more for the conservation of bats than anyone else on the planet. Filled with personal and professional stories and peppered liberally with scientific insights about bats, this book is a must-read for a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the world’s most misunderstood mammals. ”

John P. Hayes, Colorado State University

TIMELY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS on October 20, which is National Bat Week and the week before Halloween, when awareness for bat conservation is highest. Ideal for Halloween coverage.

LEADING BAT EXPERT. No one is more qualified to write this book than ecologist Dr. Merlin Tuttle, who has dedicated his life to setting the record straight on the good bats bring to the economy, environment, and population. He founded Bat Conservation International—the leading authority on bat protection—in 1982.

STUNNING PHOTOS. Extraordinary photos that Tuttle has taken over the years of bat species from around the world are available for excerpt. Nothing stops Tuttle from getting his shot: inserts in the book show him roping into caves, crawling into hollow trees, and scaling cliff walls to get to the highly intelligent and elusive bats.

A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

How do you feel about bats? Everyone has a bat story. Dr. Merlin Tuttle has thousands of them, and none involve him running away screaming or calling an exterminator. Tuttle, an ecologist and founder of Bat Conservation International, has spent his lifetime searching the globe for every bat species known to man, documenting his experiences through photography and writing (his work has appeared in Science, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and National Geographic). THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on-sale: Oct. 20, 2015) is the culmination of his lifetime’s worth of meticulous study.

The opening scene is of young Tuttle exploring a known bat cave with his dad. He stumbles upon thousands of them as they’re nesting, disrupting their sleep and causing them to fly all over him, inside his shirt and up his pant legs. Tuttle, who would one day be known as the “real life Batman”, wasn’t remotely afraid. “I soon realized that they meant no harm and were only seeking places to hide. In fact, they had more to fear than I did…they neither scratched nor bit me as they swarmed over me, and I had to hold quite still to avoid inadvertently crushing them.”

So begins Tuttle’s lifelong dedication to changing pre-conceived opinions about bats. Instead of fearing the vampire bat, for example, we should thank it for its saliva, which has aided in the development of modern medicines. Bats promote healthy crops and sustainable living for farmers by eating nighttime insects and reducing the need for pesticides. They are responsible for the pollination of over 500 plant species, including different types of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava, and agave (so no bats, no chocolate or tequila!). Bats are not by nature blood-thirsty attackers of the human race, but gentle, cuddly creatures, with off-the-charts intelligence. Bats are essential to the environment and to the economy.

Tuttle has encountered bats as cute as any panda and as strange as any dinosaur, from tiny bumblebee bats to flying foxes with six-foot wingspans. He shares harrowing details of moonshiner standoffs, close encounters with tigers, cobras, and poachers, and daring feats just to get close. He did it for love of bats and the thrill of scientific discovery, and it’s all in the book.

What’s not to love?

Published by Grand Central Publishing — October 13, 2015
Hardcover ISBN: 9781455531479; $22 | eBook ISBN: 9781455531462; $10.99
by Sophie Gamand
In the vein of Underwater Dogs and Shake comes
the quirky yet absolutely darling WET DOG
(Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; on
sale: 10/13; $22) by acclaimed
photographer Sophie Gamand. An adorable
and hilarious collection of over 120 dog
photographs, the book expands upon Gamand’s
much beloved and viral photo series to include
some old friends and feature new faces readers will
instantly fall in love with.
Every dog owner knows too well the fun and misery
of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the
playful splashes. WET DOG is a stunning and
touching capture of this intimate moment. Elevating
dog photography to the status of art, these
expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our
very own human emotions.

Connect with Sophie online: | | @SophieGamand
Connect with Grand Central Publishing online: | @GrandCentralPub

Sophie Gamand is an award-winning photographer and animal advocate living in New York.
Since 2010 her powerful and whimsical photography has focused on dogs and our relationship with
them. She works closely with animal shelters and rescue groups to help promote adoption and
animal welfare.

BEYOND WORDS What Animals Think and Feel  
 By Carl Safina    
Advance Praise for Beyond Words  
“Captivating…A profound, scientifically based appeal for recognition of the kinship of all living things.”—Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW*  
“In this mind-bending book, Safina takes the reader along with him on his adventures, enlightening and educating at each of his stops.”—Publishers Weekly  
“Well-researched…fascinating and thought-provoking.”—Library Journal  
“A beautifully written, provocative case for seeing animals through their eyes.” —Discover Magazine  
“Carl Safina shows there is indeed intelligent life in the universe, and it's all around us. At once moving and surprising, Beyond Words asks us to reexamine our relationship to other species—and to ourselves.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction  
“This book breathes love of and respect for animals and is rich with observations and extraordinary travel experiences. It is a delightful and enlightening account of both how we relate to them and how they relate to each other.”—Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist  
Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina weaves decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries in brain science that delivers enlightening insight into animal cognition in his landmark new book BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt/A John Macrae Book; on sale: July 14, 2015).  
In BEYOND WORDS, readers witness elephant families navigate the pervasive drought and incidents of poaching in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, see a free-living wolf pack sort out the aftermath of tragedy in Yellowstone National Park and finally plunge into an astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. These animals are treated as the individual characters they are, with distinct personalities and unique roles within social structures not unlike our own. Taking us into the animals’ lives and minds, Safina reports on the surprising similarities between our minds and theirs while thoughtfully tackling issues that affect us all, including habitat conservation and extinction.   
BEYOND WORDS offers powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger and love. Ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world, Safina calls on us to re-evaluate our relationship to the other species around us.
Carl Safina is author of seven books, including Song for the Blue Ocean, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, and The View From Lazy Point. Safina is founding president of The Safina Center at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. A winner of the 2012 Orion Award and a MacArthur Prize, among others, his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Huffington Post, and he hosts “Saving the Ocean” on PBS.   
BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel By Carl Safina  On sale: July 14, 2015  Henry Holt and Company · 480 pages · ISBN: 978-0-8050-9888-4 · $32.00 Available as an e-Book · ISBN: 978-0-8050-9889-1 · $16.99 

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts

Written by Laura T. Coffey Photographs by Lori Fusaro

Foreword by Neko Case

Afterwords by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker


Photographer Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until a few years ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.

“I thought it would just be too sad,” Fusaro said. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.” That is, until she welcomed a sweet-natured 16-year-old dog named Sunny into her family.


Sunny rewired Fusaro’s view of older dogs so completely that she decided to launch a photography project to show just how much senior shelter pets have to offer. She never guessed that her efforts would spark a media frenzy and draw the attention of hundreds of thousands of supportive readers throughout North America and in places as far away as Malaysia, Germany, Brazil and the Philippines — but that’s exactly what happened.


That outpouring began when Laura T. Coffey wrote a feature story about Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets for, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. “No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline on Coffey’s story, and it generated so much passionate feedback that Coffey and Fusaro decided to team up to work together on My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.

Their book reveals that even though dogs over the age of 7 tend to be calm, easy, and already house-trained, they often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog.

My Old Dog introduces readers to endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful 9-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.


Of special interest are the book’s stories about retired working dogs — such as military dogs, law-enforcement dogs, and racing dogs — who can find themselves languishing in kennels or left in overcrowded shelters after they age out of their vocations. My Old Dog also includes a comprehensive resource guide to help readers take action and help senior pets themselves in all sorts of ways. (continued)


Laura T. Coffey is a longtime writer, editor, and producer for, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. An award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


Lori Fusaro is staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles and owner of Fusaro Photography, whose clients include BAD RAP, Guide Dogs for the Blind, k9 connection, Angel City Pit Bulls, and other animal rescue organizations. She lives in Los Angeles.

Their website is

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts

Written by Laura T. Coffey / Photographs by Lori Fusaro

Foreword by Neko Case / Afterwords by Dr. Marty Becker & Mikkel Becker

Pets · October 6, 2015

$24.95 · 256 pages

Paper-over-board hardcover · Full color throughout

ISBN: 978-1-60868-340-6


"Black Dog Syndrome" has been making major news headlines in both the U.S. and all over the world. This is the first book to tackle the subject in a poignant, artful way - capturing the raw beauty of these incredible canines. Photographer Fred Levy has photographed dozens of black dogs for his blog, Some of his subjects include rescue dogs, shelter dogs, blind dogs, and 3-legged dogs. Now, Fred's beautiful photos of black canines and their stories are collected into this beautiful, inspiring book! The Black Dogs Project Author: Fred Levy Format: Hardbound, 128 Pages ISBN: 9781631060885 Publisher: Race Point Publishing Size: 10.25 x 10.5 Published: September 15, 2015 Price: $25 

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