Teach kids about rescue dogs and animal shelters in a heartfelt and entertaining way through the story of Bubbins. When you buy the book and other Bubbins products, 51% of profits go to rescues and shelters.

  • #2 Overall Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestseller

  • Featured on The Dodo

  • Featured on The Today Show

  • 51% of profits donated to charity

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  • Link to the story of Bubbins and how saving a little rescue dog changed multiple lives
  • There are books about rescue dogs, but their pre-rescue lives, often with harsh beginnings, are rarely mentioned. 

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    All Bubbins ever wanted was some "Belly Rubbins," but he grew up in a house where his owners were mean.

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    But Bubbins the pit bull never gave up. In fact, he always believed he would find a loving home.

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    Belly Rubbins for Bubbins brings this adorable, resilient rescue dog's journey to life. It highlights the true unconditionally loving nature of dogs, especially pit bulls, and the resilience they have to put their past behind them.

    Learn about the real-life Bubbins and his great big mission 

We can spay, neuter, shelter, foster, and adopt, but until we educate, it won't stop.

Learn more about our education and outreach efforts >
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Our Story

Meet Gibbson (Bubbins' real-life doggy double), and Jason and Michelina (Gibbson's parents).

In 2016, Gibbson was roaming the streets of New Jersey, and Jason (our author) was
working long hours as a Financial Crimes Investigator for Ernst & Young. By
a twist of fate, they found each other, and their lives changed forever.

 

On May 4th 2019, Jason Kraus published Belly Rubbins For Bubbins: The Story of a
Rescue Dog. The book follows the journey of Bubbins the Rescue Dog and shares
an important message of love, forgiveness and perseverance with kids and adults
alike. Bubbins’ story resonated with audiences, and the book went on to hit #2
on the Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestsellers List, and was featured on The Dodo,
The Today Show, and many others.

In 2016, Jason was working as a Financial Crimes Investigator, and Gibbson, the real-life
inspiration for Bubbins, was wandering the streets of Newark, New Jersey and
growing progressively weaker in the absence of shelter and necessary medical
care. When Gibbson was taken in by Green Miles Rescue, it was with the
intention of finding a hospice foster placement for the sick senior pit bull,
who was suffering from thyroid cancer, but they weren’t optimistic–few homes
seek out senior dogs, and even fewer are willing to adopt a pit bull.
Fortunately, Michelina (Jason’s wife) saw Gibbson on Facebook and knew she had
to do something. Although Jason was worried about adopting Gibbson based on
what he had heard about pit bulls, Michelina assured him that the mainstream
narrative was inaccurate. A few days later, Gibbson was home.

It didn’t take long for Jason to fall completely in love with Gibbson, and for Michelina’s
assertion to be proved true beyond both their wildest dreams. Gibbson, who had
obviously been through tremendous pain and suffering through no fault of his
own, sparked something inside Jason. Despite his history, Gibbson loved deeply
and unconditionally and gave Jason his complete trust without question, and
with every day they spent together, Jason found himself asking, “How could
anyone have done this to him?”

It was his love for Gibbson and his outrageover how the sweet pit bull had been treated that spurned Jason to action. His master’s degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security had taught him that
the only long-term solution to terrorism was education, and he applied these
same principles wholeheartedly to his new passion: ending animal abuse and
neglect. With his love for Gibbson at the center of his thoughts, the 6’4”
former-rugby player dismissed the doubts of his friends and family… and he
wrote a children’s book with.

Belly Rubbins for Bubbins, which found widespread success with its resonant message of
overcoming hardship, forgiveness, and unconditional love, was only the
beginning. Realizing there was more to be done, Jason left his full-time job,
and Jason and Michelina began running Humane Education workshops in New York
and New Jersey schools, with the goal of spreading Bubbins’ message, teaching
children and adults about rescue dogs, animal shelters and the importance of
being kind to dogs. To-date, Jason and Michelina have visited over 40 schools
and educated over 6,000 children in person. They have also donated over $6,800
to rescue organizations and have gifted over 1,100 books, 400 of which went to
students in the city of Newark, New Jersey, where Gibbson was found.

Gibbson passed away on March, 3rd 2020, but not before leaving a lasting mark on the hearts of
the Kraus's, and all those who continue to connect to the story of Bubbins. The
Kraus's believe the pet rescue world needs a central message and mascot to
rally around, and what better mascot than Bubbins! In the words of our furry,
four-legged hero: "We can spay, neuter, shelter, foster and adopt, but
until we educate it won't stop!"