Retired Brecksville teacher, Ohio, is using his talents.
He just released a children’s book highlighting how important it is to give shelter dogs homes.
The series is called “The adventures of Jill, Jake, and Stimlin” — named after Dave Lubinger’s daughter and their two dogs.
Proceeds go to local shelters such as Rescue Village in South Russell and CHA Animal Shelter, Columbus, and Heart of Kjos Animal Microsanctuary, Minnesota.
“People just don’t realize how aware dogs and cats and other animals are. And they have feelings, and they need love, and I hate for them to sit and rot in a shelter or not get a home,” Lubinger said.
The series has been years in the making — Lubinger asked a student of his from 1999 to help illustrate the books!
“I just love to make stuff and put it out in the world and see what happens — and whatever happens, I’m happy!” said illustrator Adam Slivka.
What happened was that the books were a hit.
These books can be purchased at local bookstores, such as Fireside Book Shop at Chagrin Falls and Loganberry Books at Shaker Heights. Learned Owl is in Hudson. They also are available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Fun fact — Lubinger’s daughter was so in love with her dogs growing up. She wanted to be a vet. She will graduate from vet school within the next few months.
This story was first reported by Homa Bash, WEWS.