Lassie and Morris the Cat Receive First StarPet AWARDS Bash Dibra’s Pet Versions of Golden Globes or Oscars

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Bash Dibra's first StarPet Awards given to Lassie and Morris the Cat.

The StarPet Awards, Bash Dibra’s pet versions of the Golden Globes or the Oscars for dogs and cats are based on his book “StarPet.” This year’s recipients, Lassie for the StarDog Award and Morris the Cat for the StarCat Award, appeared in person to accept their awards at a Bide-A-Wee Gala in May during National Pet Month.

Lassie is America’s ‘Top Dog.’ Since her film debut in 1943 with Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, she has appeared in ten motion pictures, on radio and TV shows, and has established the emotional bond for generations of children and families as one of the most enduring figures in the entertainment world.

Morris the Cat began his career in 1968 when 9Lives® Cat Foods discovered a lonely tabby in a Chicago Animal Shelter. He had style, he had personality, and he had what it took to be dubbed ‘Morris.’ This lonely tabby was soon the focus of the entire nation when he began appearing in the 9Lives® TV commercials as “Morris the Cat.” From then on, he became the most recognizable cat in the world.

In his “StarPet” book Bash expresses the belief that there is a Lassie or a Morris in your pet, and with love and proper training you can make your pet shine like a ‘star.’    

Bash is an animal behaviorist, and a celebrity dog trainer -- he’s trained pets of stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and Alec Baldwin. He’s also a renowned author of six books and a video, "Teach Your Dog to Behave; Dog Training By Bash, DogSpeak, CatSpeak; Your Dream Dog: A GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT BREED FOR YOU,” StarPet, “How To Make Your Pet A Star,” and a video and DVD “TEACH YOUR DOG TO BEHAVE.” Additional information on Bash is available on his website at

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