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.

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Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog and help him integrate into your family. It keeps him mentally and physically challenged and helps to establish paths of communication between the two of you.
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Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author. Her dog team performs live acrobatic shows on premier stages internationally; at circuses, professional sports halftime shows, and on movies and television shows such as The Tonight Show, Ellen, Entertainment Tonight, Worldwide Fido Awards, Animal Planet, Showdog Moms & Dads, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Kyra and her dogs starred in Disney's Underdog stage show and in a command performance at the palace in Marrakech for the king of Morocco. Kyra has written numerous popular dog-training books including the international best-selling 101 Dog Tricks, and hosts a line of award-winning dog-training DVDs. She also set-trains dog actors for movies and TV and lectures on positive dog-training methods. Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports, having trained, competed, and titled in a great number of dog sports. Her methods foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than ones fearful of making a mistake. She shows us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm with self-control. Kyra and her Weimaraners Chalcy and Jadie live with Kyra's husband on a ranch in California's Mojave desert.
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“This book should be mandatory reading for all men everywhere.”
—Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Nylon

Menswear Dog Presents

THE NEW CLASSICS

Fresh Looks for the Modern Man

by David Fung & Yena Kim

Men’s fashion is all about choosing essential garments and finding the right fit. But even when navigating these basic rules of dressing, many guys could use a friendly guide to help them out. Enter man’s best-dressed friend. In THE NEW CLASSICS (Artisan Books; April 21, 2015; Hardcover / $16.95), Bodhi, the sharp-dressing Shiba Inu behind the Internet sensation Menswear Dog (@mensweardog), helps men distinguish timeless styles from passing trends and build a personal wardrobe for all occasions.

THE NEW CLASSICS shares the practical style secrets behind the savvy canine’s best looks, teaching men how to dress, how to shop, and how to guarantee a perfect fit for their clothing. Seasonal outfits are built around foundational garments like blazers, jackets, and tailored shirts. In spring, try a floral shirt (p. 25) with a gray suit jacket, tassel loafers, and wayfarer sunglasses. Summer’s warm weather calls for a linen suit with a knit tie, a floral pocket square, and walnut oxfords (p. 57). For fall, layer a cardigan over a flannel shirt, selvedge jeans, and chunky work boots (p. 81). And in winter, it’s time for a fisherman’s sweater (p. 121) with a navy peacoat. Helpful cheat sheets in each section show the essential garments you’ll wear all season long.

The book features a smart mix of designer labels, heritage brands, and budget-conscious choices that will help men to build their wardrobe without breaking the bank. Helpful commentary throughout THE NEW CLASSICS explains the details that make for an enduring wardrobe staple. Learn what makes a Levi’s Original the definitive denim jacket (p. 15), and why a notch lapel is the best bet for your go-to gray suit (p. 79). You’ll also find the wardrobe game plan for all of life’s most important sartorial moments. Learn how to dress correctly for the office (p. 98), ace your outfit at a summer wedding (p. 62), stay cool at the gym (p. 20), and turn it out for your next black-tie event (p. 126). To help readers put this advice into practice, the book is rounded out with an essential guide to sizing, packing, shopping, and clothing care.

THE NEW CLASSICSlays out the 10 commandments for fashion, Bodhi’sMenswear Dogma.”

  1. 1.Invest now; save later.

A sturdy peacoat (p. 113) or bomber jacket (p. 133) will last a lifetime.

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  1. 2.Classics are timeless for a reason.

Check out the enduring panache of a Breton striped shirt (p. 49), a seersucker suit (p. 61), or a leather motorcycle jacket (p. 83).

  1. 3.Find yourself a good tailor.

That perfect gray suit (p. 79) will never be quite right off the rack, but a great tailor will make this closet staple fit like it was made for you.

  1. 4.Fit trumps price every time.

So learn the basic points of making sure your dress shirts, suits, T-shirts, and jeans fit where it matters (p. 138). If clothes make the man, fit makes the man look good.

  1. 5.Take care of your clothes.

What do all of those symbols on your shirt tag even mean (p. 147)? How do you deal with that coffee spill on your pants (p. 149)?

  1. 6.Clothes should be fitted, never tight.

Even at the gym (p. 20), it’s never okay to rock a skintight look.

  1. 7.It’s okay to copy your fashion idols.

The book lays out style cheat sheets for cribbing famous looks from Steve McQueen or Harrison Ford (The Globe-Trotter, p. 30), Paul Newman (The Mariner, p. 54), John F. Kennedy (The Ivy Leaguer, p. 86), and Ernest Hemingway (The Outdoorsman, p. 118).

  1. 8.Learn how to properly tie a tie.

It’s called a “four-in-hand,” and it’s the only knot you’ll ever need (p. 139). And while you’re at it, explore the power of a slim knit tie (p. 101).

  1. 9.When in doubt, keep it simple.

The white dress shirt (p. 33) is the Swiss army knife of the gentleman’s wardrobe.

  1. 10.If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t wear it.

From floral prints (p. 25) to bright colors (p. 89), fashion should be fun.

With THE NEW CLASSICS, guys now have their own personal style guru to help them dress their best and stand out from the pack.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Husband-and-wife duo David Fung and Yena Kim, graphic designer and fashion designer/photographer respectively, are the creative force behind Menswear Dog, a one-of-a-kind blog featuring photos of their dog Bodhi, a Shiba Inu, styled in serious menswear. Bodhi has appeared on Anderson Cooper Live, E! News, and The Rachael Ray Show, and in national publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Details, Esquire, GQ, and Time. He has appeared in campaigns for Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Purina, Revlon, and Victorinox Swiss Army, among others.

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Published by Artisan Books on April 21, 2015

Hardcover; $16.95; 160 pages; 400 photographs and illustrations

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DR. BRIAN HARE
Dog Scientist
Is Your Dog a Genius?
 
Dr. Brian Hare has dedicated his life to understanding the psychology of man’s best friend. As a sophomore in college, he worked with his dog Oreo to disprove the theory that only humans can spontaneously use and understand human gestures. The quest to better understand the brain behind the bark continued from there.
 
Today, he is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center, the first dedicated Canine Cognition Center on a college campus.
Dr. Hare used his knowledge and studies to co-found Dognition, a revolutionary tool for dog lovers to understand their best friend’s unique intelligence . The cognitive science-based games help people discover the unique way that their dog sees the world. By encouraging citizen science, all of the data collected helps scientists like Dr. Hare make new breakthroughs in dog cognition, contributing to the greater good of all dogs.
Dr. Hare and his wife compiled everything they know about dogs into his best selling book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think.
In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.
He has a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University.
Dr. Hare is the host of the new Nat Geo WILD special Is Your Dog a Genius?, premiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT as part of Barkfest Weekend. The three-part special helps owners understand their dogs better so that they can unlock their full potential.
 
Is Your Dog a Genius?
Permiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT
Dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare uses his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. He introduces at-home games that assess both dog and human, and he presents extraordinary dogs with remarkable problem solving abilities.  The interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their dog’s true potential.
 
BarkFest Weekend on Nat Geo WILD invites you to celebrate all things canine and to learn more about the brains behind that bark. Tune in Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 16 for all dogs all the time.
 
 
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Dr. José Arce, DVM

​District IV AVMA Board of Directors Representative 

AVMA Officers
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Dr. José V. Arce was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Arce worked as a veterinary assistant in Burbank Veterinary Hospital in Baton Rouge and participated in student activities, serving as president of the Pre-Vet Club. After obtaining his bachelor degree, he worked as a research assistant at the Caribbean Primate Research Center. While in veterinary school, Dr. Arce was the class treasurer and a SCAVMA representative for four years and LSU’s SCAVMA treasurer during his sophomore year. He completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency treatment at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Mass.
 
In 1998, Dr. Arce moved back to Puerto Rico. Early in his career, he worked as a veterinarian at the Avian and Small Animal Hospital, San Juan Municipal Shelter, Dorado Veterinary Hospital. For seven years, he also worked at the Diaz Umpierre Veterinary Clinic. In 2003, he founded Miramar Animal Hospital, of which he is president and co-owner. His special interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, and ultrasonography.
 
As soon as he moved back to his beloved Puerto Rico, Dr. Arce became active in the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico (PRVMA) and was named to the Ethics and Grievances Committee in 1988. In 1999, he was selected to represent the PRVMA to the AVMA Leadership Conference. In 2000, he was elected as the alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, a position he held until 2010 when he was elected to his current position as delegate. Dr. Arce has been a board member of the PRVMA since 2000. Since 2001, he has been an active member of the Legislation Commission, of which he has been secretary for the past four years and has lobbied actively for the passage of legislations dealing with veterinary medicine matters with local senators and representatives as well as with US congressmen on behalf of the AVMA. He has also been an active member of the PRVMA Convention Committee since 2009 and has helped achieve record number of participants in the last two annual conventions.
 
Dr. Arce still maintains strong ties to his alma mater. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Stakeholders Summit.
 
In 2011, Dr. Arce was chosen and took part in the AVMA House of Delegates Leadership Development Program. In 2012, he was selected and participated in the AVMA Summit on Governance.
 
Dr. Arce has also been very active in his community of Miramar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He currently serves on the Board of the Miramar Residents Association, is the PTA President of Perpetuo Socorro Academy, is Assistant Scoutmaster of Miramar’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 29, and has been active for the past 12 years in the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and currently serves as Miramar’s Precinct Electoral Commissioner. He is also active in the sport of soccer, both as a player and team representative. Having served from 2010 to 2012 as Director of the National Masters (over 35) Soccer League of Puerto Rico, he still plays and is team president of the Club de Internacional de Futbol. He lives with his wife (and fellow veterinarian) Dr. Anik Puig and son Diego in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When things get tough, it’s often the simple things that make the greatest impact on our lives.
     Kathy Smith knows that only too well. She lost her husband Dennis to the effects of Agent Orange exposure he received while serving his country in Viet Nam. Dennis never complained, instead he was proud to have served his country.
     After losing Dennis, Kathy wanted to make his life and his service to our nation meaningful so she founded a non-profit called Dog Tag Heroes to help veterans and their families with quality of life issues, which other organizations often overlook.
     Kathy realizes the importance of helping them get back into the mainstream of society and has used the "simple things" to help that happen. Something as practical as taking care of a pet while the veteran is in the hospital or making sure the person has a Christmas tree can mean a great deal. Other examples may include providing home furnishings, assisting with their short term financial needs, or providing a bicycle to make it possible for them to get to work, a bus station, a doctor’s appointment or just get to the store.
     Because of Kathy's personal involvement, she has single-handedly impacted more lives than veteran organizations that are much larger. What makes her efforts even more remarkable is that she has been performing her generous acts while taking intense chemo-therapy for pancreatic cancer. She is still battling the cancer, although it is currently in remission.
     Despite her personal challenges, Kathy remains focused on her mission to help our veterans by opening a thrift store called Veterans Exchange Store. This will enable Dog Tag Heroes to be self-sustaining while providing expanded services to our veterans and their families.
     Dog Tag Heroes needs to raise $175,000 dollars to make it happen. Your generosity will make it possible to keep Kathy’s dream alive to help America's veterans for years to come.

Dog Tag Hehoes - to donate:  727-577-5455 or link to PayPal on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dogtagheroes

It was the fall of 2012 when we came up with the idea of a healthy treat for our dogs that only had a single ingredient.  The frustration of going to a pet store looking for a treat that would not pile on the pounds, was good for them and that did not have a whole bunch of additives / fillers.  Toss in that it was not made in the USA and we knew we could not continue to buy these types of products for our best friends.  We went to work and after months of perfecting our first product we introduced our “Sweet Potato Chews”   We are selling our treats through distributors so if you’re here to buy our product we kindly as you to ask your local retailer or have them contact us and we will provide them with the information to get our product.

What makes our product different?  First we source only USA grown potatoes from familiar states like North Carolina and Louisiana.  Second we peel our product as mold can easily find its way on the peel of a sweet potato.  We dry it for hours bringing the moisture content down and making it more like rawhide then a potato.  Dogs can tell the difference and the benefits of our product are numerous.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (April 6, 2015) – Most people are aware that we have soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. But what most are not usually aware of is that many times they become attached to dogs that they find roaming in the area. For some, it’s the bond they create with those new pets that keep them feeling happy and hopeful. Yet when their tour of duty is over and it’s time to go back home to the U.S., they find themselves having to break that bond and leave the dog behind. Guardians of Rescue, an international animal rescue organization, works to change that by reuniting soldiers with the dogs they had to leave behind.

"Through our No Buddy Left Behind Program, we have helped numerous soldiers to be reunited with the dogs they were caring for in Afghanistan,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “It’s the least we can do for these soldiers, who miss the dogs and worry about their fate. But we can’t do it alone; we need the public’s help in order to make it a successful mission.”

There are costs involved in bringing the dogs back to the U.S. from the Middle East. This expense is one reason that Guardians of Rescue reaches out to the public for donations in order to help make it possible. The group is working with the only Afghanistan-based animal shelter, Nowzad, to make the mission possible and successful. The dogs will be flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of April, and then will be transported on to Portland, Ore., where they will be reunited with the soldiers they were with in Afghanistan.

The dogs being reunited were found and rescued by a couple of U.S. Army soldiers. When they spotted the mom she had four puppies and a wounded paw, and they saw the way other stray dogs had been mistreated in the area. They decided to help nurse the wounded leg back to health, and went on to care for and bond with the mother and her puppies. The platoon medic will be adopting her, while another soldier takes two of the puppies, and a third soldier has expressed interest in another one of the puppies.

“These soldiers have given us so much, the least we can do it is reunite them with these dogs they bonded with,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Every little bit helps, and it all adds up to meaning so much for them and the dogs. Together we can save them!”

The cost to bring the dogs back to America and deliver them to the soldiers is estimated at $6,000. Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations from the public to help with this mission. Those who would like to learn more and make a donation can do so by logging onto: http://guardiansofrescue.org/banners-view/no-buddy-left-behind/.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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"Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport" Will Celebrate Shelter Underdogs and Animal Adoption

NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is one of three animal welfare organizations nationwide to be featured in this weekend’s primetime television special “Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport,” which will showcase the special appeal of shelter pets. The program will air locally on NBC® 4 New York on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET and on NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes. 
With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host. 
“Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport” features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as seniors, pit bulls, mutts and three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates including: journalist and host of HBO’s® Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel at Main Line Animal Rescue® in Pennsylvania; teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California; and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.
“Shelter pets should be celebrated and protected, regardless of the circumstances that put them in peril,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. "The ASPCA segment features three pit bull-type dogs who were brought to the ASPCA by the NYPD and were rehabilitated and cared for by our staff so that they could be adopted into loving homes.”
Bershadker added: "Jill shares our passion for helping animal victims of cruelty and homelessness find homes, and I have no doubt this program will help save the lives of the many loving and loyal dogs--just like the ones featured--at nearby shelters."
“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”
Subaru of America, Inc., show sponsor and ASPCA Corporate Partner, has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes. 
"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs ~ showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond. We recognize many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers have joined our ranks and we include mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians. We have members who host national radio shows and others who appear on TV programs. Blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.

For publishers and editors, we can recommend professional writers, help with topics for articles, and suggest sources and interview subjects. Our members share ideas for articles, help with interviews, discuss fees and contracts, and otherwise support one another.

The best-known aspect of the DWAA is the annual writing contest that is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The contest is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories. Entrants do not have to be DWAA members.

The contest opens in June and runs through August every year for works published from the previous September.

Susan M. Ewing has been "in dogs" for over 35 years, and has written eleven dog books, including Bulldogs for Dummies, Poodles for Dummies, and The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand. She writes a bi-weekly pet column for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, NY and has written for many national cat and dog publications. Her latest book, American Pit Bull Terrier, won a Maxwell. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and Cat Writers’ Association, of which she is president. Her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! won a CWA Muse medallion, as well as the coveted President’s Award. She lives in Jamestown, NY with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Rhiannon and Gael.

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