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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 two 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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New York, NY - The AKC Museum of the Dog is excited to announce “Virtual Night with the Museum,” a livestream virtual gala honoring the Museum’s longtime friend, supporter and board member Ronald H. Menaker on Friday, February 12 between 8pm -9pm.

For almost three decades, the Theatre Benefit for the Museum has been Menaker’s passion project and the Museum hopes to continue the tradition virtually with a night of celebrating and showcasing our love of dogs and the Museum’s impact on the community.

Mr. Menaker first served on the AKC Board from 1996 to 1998. Elected again in 2000, he became Vice Chairman in 2001 and served as Chairman since March 2002 until April 2019. He has been actively involved in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years and has contributed to it greatly through his work with fundraising, particularly hosting the annual Theater Benefit.

The Theater Benefit has fundraised thousands of dollars for AKC affiliates such as the Humane Fund and now more recently, the AKC Museum of the Dog. In addition to hosting the Theater Benefit, Ron has also donated several pieces of artwork to the Museum, including At the Garden Gate by Matilda Lotz, Portrait of Bea Godsol by John Dwight and The Intruder by Arthur Wardle.

Open to the general public, the virtual gala will include remarks from Museum Executive Director Alan Fausel, testimonials from community members on the Museum’s impact and a silent auction. Individuals also can become an Event Sponsor. With a gift of $1,000 or more, participants can become a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level Sponsor. Sponsors at levels Silver and above will receive a medallion on our Capital Campaign Wall. Supporters at all sponsor levels will receive recognition on the MOD Donor Wall in the Museum, in pre- and post- show content, and a dedicated space on our giving center within the sponsor level and mentions throughout the live event.

In addition to sponsorship, guests will also be able to bid in a live auction during the event for a chance to take home fabulous prizes in support of the Museum. Those who prefer to give directly can do so through the Museumofthedog.org website on the Night with the Museum Fundraising page.

Parent club members are encouraged to participate in the livestream event through Champions for Our Cause, a competition open to AKC clubs encouraging giving together as a team. The highest total amongst club teams will earn recognition on our AKC Clubs Wall of Fame. This dedicated space in the Museum will feature a plaque with the club’s name on it, to honor the club’s legacy and lasting support of the Museum.

“At the Museum of the Dog, we want to take this opportunity to honor Ron Menaker as being an integral part of the museum’s development and sustained success,” said Alan Fausel, Executive Director of the Museum. “He has been the glue that has held our institution together, and we wish to follow his example as we work towards a brighter and stronger 2021 for all museum visitors.”


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About the AKC Museum of the Dog

Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man's best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.

For more information on the AKC Museum of the Dog visit www.Museumofthedog.org

Get social! Follow the AKC Museum of the Dog on Facebook at @akcmuseumofthedog, Twitter at @akcMOD and Instagram at @museumofthedog.

RETIRED HISTORY TEACHER TO MAKE HISTORY WHEN SHE SELECTS BEST IN SHOW AT THE 145th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Accomplished Owner/Breeder/Handler to Judge at America’s Dog Show New York, NY — Mrs. Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California, will judge Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in February 2021. Mrs. Trotter brings extensive experience as an exhibitor and all-breed judge to the most prestigious judging assignment in the sport of purebred dogs. She piloted her Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds to an unprecedented 11 Westminster Hound Group wins. Anchoring Westminster Week this iconic annual dog show has been held continuously in New York City since 1877. Mrs. Trotter registered her first litter of Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds in 1951 and her most recent litter in 2020. All her breeding stock descends from her original bitch acquired in 1949 from an expert bear hunter. Her breeding program produced the top sire and dam in the breed’s history as well as the breed’s top winners, including Ch. Vin-Melca's Vagabond who became top dog all breeds in 1970. Mrs. Trotter also handled top ten all-breed dogs on 10 different occasions while teaching eighth grade U.S. history in Carmel, CA. In addition, 42 Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds have won all-breed best in show honors to date. Mrs. Trotter achieved more recognition for her role in the fancy with the Gaines Girl Show Dog Fancier award in 1952, the AKC Hound Breeder of the Year award in 2004, and the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 as well as the Anne Rogers Clark Purina Pro Plan Hall of Fame award. She retired from teaching when she married Charles Trotter of Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 and joined him in judging dogs across the country. As a judge, Mrs. Trotter believes the true purpose of the dog show is to select breeding stock. By working in concert with each other, she believes breeders and judges can continually improve all breeds. Mrs. Trotter is approved to judge all breeds, groups, and best in show. She judged the 2009 and 2019 Hound groups. This will be her fifth judging assignment at Westminster. Seven Group Judges will select their picks for the Best in Show competition over two nights at Madison Square Garden. On Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 the following judges will select the group winners to advance to the Best in Show competition. Mr. Jamie Hubbard of Bloomington, Indiana, for the Hound Group; Mrs. June A. Penta of Greensburg, Pennsylvania for the Toy Group; Dr. John A. Reeve-Newson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the Non-Sporting Group; and Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, California for the Herding Group. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 the following judges will select the remaining three group winners to advance to Best in Show. Mr. Frank Kane of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, for the Sporting Group; Ms. Judy A. Harrington, of Monson, Massachusetts, for the Working Group; and Mr. William F. Potter II of St. Louis, Missouri, for the Terrier Group. The Best Junior Handler award will be decided on Tuesday, Feb. 16 by Junior Showmanship Finals Judge Ms. Dylan Kipp Keith of Spring, Texas. This will be the 88th year the finals will be held at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by judges Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan-Nelson of Sacramento, California, and Ms. Jennifer Reed of Carmel, California. The 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 will be judged by Mr. Andrew Dicker of Reading, Berkshire, England and Ms. Lori Sage of Oregon City, Oregon. Mrs. Louise Botko of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will officiate for the 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®. Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions includes: SPORTING BREEDS (34) Ms. Pamela Bruce of Welland, Ontario, Canada: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels. Mr. Dan Ericsson of Enkoping, Sweden: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers. Mr. David L. Kittredge of Rochester, NY: Barbets, Brittanys, Lagotti Romagnoli, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, Pointers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Spinoni Italiani. Mrs. Robyn Joy Wallis of Victoria, Australia: English Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters. HOUND BREEDS (35) Ms. Pamela Bruce of Welland, Ontario, Canada: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds. Hon. James G. Phinizy of Acworth, NH: Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds. Mrs. Jan Swayze-Curry of Columbia, KY: Afghan Hounds, Dachshunds (all Varieties). Mr. Harold Tatro, III of Crowley, TX: Azawakhs, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Sloughis, Whippets. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Harriers, Plotts, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Mrs. Robyn Joy Wallis of Victoria, Australia: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens. WORKING BREEDS (31) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Dogo Argentinos, Newfoundlands, Samoyeds. Mr. Dana P. Cline of Hodges, SC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Cane Corsos, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Tibetan Mastiffs. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Boxers. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Giant Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Bullmastiffs, German Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs. Ms. Kimberly Anne Meredith of Pleasant Hill, CA: Black Russian Terriers, Boerboels, Chinooks, Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dogs, Siberian Huskies. Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI: Dogues de Bordeaux, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. TERRIER BREEDS (32) Mr. Dan Ericsson of Enkoping, Sweden: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, West Highland White Terriers. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Miniature Schnauzers. Mrs. Knowlton A. Reynders of Newbury, NH: American Hairless Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Border Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. TOY BREEDS (23) Mr. Sei-ichiro Ishimaru of Tokyo, Japan: Brussels Griffons, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Toy Manchester Terriers. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Toy Fox Terriers. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles. Mr. George Milutinovich of Fresno, CA: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Pugs, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers. NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bichon Frises, Chow Chows, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis. Mr. Carl E. Gomes of Bronx, NY: Boston Terriers, Finnish Spitz. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Spaniels. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Bulldogs, French Bulldogs. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles. Mrs. Molly Martin of Pike Road, AL: American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Cotons de Tulear, Keeshonden, Schipperkes. HERDING BREEDS (32) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bearded Collies, Border Collies, German Shepherd Dogs. Mr. Dana P. Cline of Hodges, SC: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bouvier des Flanders, Collies (both Varieties), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pulik, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Australian Shepherds, Belgian Laekenois, Miniature American Shepherds. Mrs. Sheree Moses Combs of Wardensville, WV: Beaucerons, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis. ### The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held annually in New York City. Each year, over 200 dog breeds and varieties — highlighting preservation breeders and purpose-bred dogs — are eligible to compete in the dog show at Pier 94. Best of Breed winners advance to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America's Dog Show has expanded into Westminster Week, which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Pier 94. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. WESTMINSTER. 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The Current War: Director’s Cut

The Weinstein Company, 101 Studios, Bazelev’s Production, Film Rites, FlightAV.com, Fourth Floor Productions and Lantern Entertainment present a PG-13, 107 minute, Biography, Drama, History film based on true events and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Michael Mitnick with a theater release of October 25, 2019.

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The Kitchen

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Michael De Luca Productions, DC Vertigo, Creative Wealth Media Finance and BRON Studios present an R Rated, 102 minute, Action, Crime, Drama, directed by Andrea Berloff, from the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle with a theater release date of August 9, 2019.

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Davis Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Khalabo Ink Society and Netflix present an R rated, 120 minute, Action, Comedy, Crime film directed by Tim Story, written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow with a theater release date of June 14, 2019.

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The Sun Is Also a Star

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Alloy Entertainment present a PG-13, 90 minute, Romance, Drama, directed by Ry Russo-Young, screenplay by Tracy Oliver and novel by Nicola Yoon with a theatre release date of May 17, 2019.

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