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.
As 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.
Palmetto, Fla. (April 13, 2017)—Ruby is an exceptional golden retriever currently living and working with her visually impaired handler Francis “Frank” Goossens of Sarasota. But before she became Frank’s life-changing guide and eyes to the world, Ruby was born in the old puppy kennel at Southeastern Guide Dogs alongside her siblings Nell, Gussie, Ellen, Cody, Cashew, Dove, Ava, Clifford and Pinkie. Every year about 250 tiny superheroes-in-training are born and trained on Southeastern Guide Dogs’ 33-acre campus in Palmetto, Fla. For the first 10 to 12 weeks of life, the Labradors, golden retrievers and goldadors are tenderly cared for along with their mothers, brothers and sisters in a strategically designed program of health, early education and socialization where every paw-step counts on their journey to greatness.
But the puppy kennel that served Ruby and the organization so well for more than three decades eventually became too small and in need of constant repairs. It just plain wore out. Now, with the opening of the Grant & Shirle Herron Puppy Academy, newborns, moms and growing puppies will flourish in a purpose-built home during the first semesters of their Southeastern Guide Dogs experience—from birth to pre-school to kindergarten graduation—before being sent out to the loving homes of their volunteer puppy raisers.
Donor Shirle Herron of Sebring, Fla. provided the lead gift for the $4.7 million structure, which features about 15,000 square feet of climate-controlled interior space and about 5,000 square-feet of covered exterior. Every inch is designed with a focus on functionality, efficiency and sanitation, and is hurricane ready: built to withstand winds up to 150 mph. In addition, Southeastern Guide Dogs is unique in inviting the public to participate in the puppies’ early development via a creative and fun Puppy Kindergarten Adventure curriculum described here.
Noise and stress reduction elements, abundant natural lighting, comfort features and an enclosed outdoor gymnasium demonstrate the careful attention paid to the puppies’ and their moms’ physical environment. Key spaces include: Genetics & Reproduction; Whelping and Neonatal Care (Newborns to six weeks); Preschool (Newborns to six weeks); Clinic (All ages); Kindergarten and Enrichment (six to 10 weeks);and a small outdoor splash park funded by Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy raiser volunteers. The facility also contains a gift shop selling merchandise that supports the free programs Southeastern Guide Dogs provides to visually impaired students and veterans with PTSD.
“From playtime to training time, from specialized medical procedures to whelping and neonatal care, with attention paid to public interaction and educational enrichment, the Puppy Academy anticipates and exceeds the needs of staff and our young puppies,” says CEO Titus Herman. It is a beautiful facility built with "frugal quality" that reflects both our commitment to superb stewardship as well as exceptional care. In this environment enhanced by warm sunlight, privacy and serenity, our staff and volunteers will perform their cutting-edge work, while our future superheroes will learn and grow into their very special destinies.”
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.
All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services – which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up – are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100 percent on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. www.GuideDogs.org
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
by Diane Rose-Solomon
from SOP3 Publishing
to receive a book for review
Many people consider adopting a dog but question: what if they want to save a dog’s life but don’t know where to begin and need expert advice? What must they do to integrate the new pet into their home?
Enter Diane Rose-Solomon. Over the last 20 years, Diane has worked with rescued dogs, helping them re-enter a world where people are kind to them. She has gathered a national network of colleagues who are top pet professionals. Through her volunteerism with rescue organizations, she’s met many prospective pet owners asking questions and voicing concerns about pet adoption.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business owners with links to the best, most relevant articles from pet professionals, making this book a one-stop shop for all dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption.
The book answers questions like whether dog adoption is right for you, how to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group, how to prepare your home for a new member, integrating the dog into your home, family, lifestyle, and more. In five modules, Diane leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, go through the adoption process, bring the new pet home, as well as lifelong care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heartfelt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet.
There are thousands of dogs waiting for a loving home. This book educates a prospective pet parent on what to expect and how to add the joy of dog parenting.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
Author: Diane Rose-Solomon
Publisher: SOP3 Publishing
Release Date: September, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9857690-4-8 Paperback Edition
Page Count: 194 pages
Paperback Retail Price: $14.99
Ebook retail: $4.99
Available in .pdf, .epub, and .mobi ebook formats
After rescuing a puppy 21 years ago,
Diane Rose-Solomon became involved in animal rescue and education,serving for years on the board of directors of a small grassroots organization, the Animal Guardian Society. To give back more to the animal community, she became a Certified Humane Education Specialist through Humane Society University in 2009. She then combined her humane and creative interests by publishing her first two books, award-winning JJ the American Street Dog, and How He Came to Live in Our House and the sequel JJ Goes to Puppy Class.
Diane enjoys reading her stories to children in schools, libraries and at adoption events. Her goal is to educate children and adults about how compassion extends to all beings, human and animal. To this end, she founded Team Kindness, a program where children, families and teachers learn about and engage in kind and humane educational activities.
Diane’s newest nonfiction title, What to Expect When Adopting a Dog was released in September 2016. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs.
What to Expect When Adopting a Dog
“The book is a perfect guide on what to think about, how to prepare for the change, and, most importantly, how to deal with challenges that might arise after adoption. Whenever I hear someone say they are thinking about getting a dog, I will surely recommend them this book as their first step.”
— 4.5/5 Star Review, Seattle Book Review
“It’s important to note that this book leaves nothing left to wonder about: there are over 100 links to these articles and products.”
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“What to Expect When Adopting a Dog is a handbook that every dog lover should have, a book that is written from experience and from the heart.”
— 5 Star Review, San Francisco Book Review
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“This book shows that adopting a dog can reward you with years of companionship, joy, and unconditional love.” — 5 Star Review, Foreword Reviews
Celebrity dog trainer Zak George releases groundbreaking guide:
Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution
New comprehensive book teaches everything people need to know to raise and train their dogs
June 7, 2016 — Celebrity dog trainer Zak George announces the release of his first book, Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love. His successful YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. He has also starred on Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out.
With this book, George has distilled the information from his hundreds of videos and experience working with thousands of dogs into one comprehensive guide. Written with award-winning journalist Dina Roth Port, Dog Training Revolution is an invaluable resource for people with new dogs or those who want to see what’s possible when they apply George’s approach to the dog they’ve had for years. It covers everything from choosing the right dog, socialization, house training and basic training, as well as how to handle common behavioral issues such as leash pulling, jumping up, unwanted barking, and more.
“I wanted to write a book that showed, in very simple terms, how the average person can achieve exceptional results with their dog in a way that is supported by the latest science and 21st century ethics,” says George. However, Dog Training Revolution is much more than a training resource—it also includes information on health care essentials such as choosing a vet and selecting the right food as well as cool tricks and fun activities to enjoy with your dog. One thing that really makes this book special is the video integration: Throughout the book, play button icons indicate which subjects have corresponding videos on George’s YouTube channel, making for a truly thorough, interactive experience.
What also sets Dog Training Revolution apart is that George's fresh, positive approach allows you to tailor training to your dog’s unique traits and energy level—leading to quicker results and a much happier pet. He doesn’t base his teaching on breed stereotypes, myths or archaic thinking about dog behavior but rather on scientific research and ethical advancements, all with the goal of raising the standards in the dog training industry.
For more information, please visit http://www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.
ZAK GEORGE has starred in Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out. His YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. Visit his website at www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.
DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as Glamour, Self, Prevention, Parents.com, and the Huffington Post. Visit her website at www.dinarothport.com.