The Real Bubbins
On May 4th 2019, Jason Kraus launched Belly Rubbins For Bubbins: The Story of a Rescue Dog. The book follows the harrowing journey of Bubbins the rescue dog and was created with the following slogan in mind: “We can spay, neuter, shelter, foster and adopt, but until we educate it won’t stop.”
Shortly after its debut, thanks to immense support from the rescue community, the book, which is giving away 51% of profits, would hit #2 overall on the Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestsellers List. The franchise would go on to ignite a humane education movement, which is helping to stop animal abuse and neglect before it happens.
Kraus, a former contracted Government Background Investigator had his perspective on life changed forever after he and his wife, Michelina, adopted Gibbson, a ten-year-old pit bull with thyroid cancer. The organization placing Gibbson in a new home was hoping for someone to provide compassionate end-of-life care, but little did the Krauses know Gibbson would give them a new perspective and lease on life.
In the Fall of 2016, Gibbson was found wandering the streets of Newark, NJ. He was brought into the Associated Humane Societies Newark Branch on a stretcher due to having sustained several serious injuries. Due to his age and declining health, Gibbson was pulled by Green Mile Rescue of Morris Plains, NJ and provided shelter at a veterinary clinic. For several months the rescue sought a hospice foster for the sick senior pit bull, but the odds of finding him a home were slim. Michelina saw Gibbson on Facebook and knew that she needed to do something. Although reluctant at first to adopt Gibbson given what he had heard about pit bulls, Michelina assured Jason that the mainstream narrative certainly was not reality.
It didn’t take long for Jason to fall in love with Gibbson and Michelina’s assertion proved to be true beyond his wildest dreams. Gibbson, whom Jason and many others had judged a certain way based solely on his breed, ended up sparking something inside of him. Gibbson showed him the meaning of unconditional love, forgiveness and the ability to live in the moment. It was obvious to Jason and Michelina that Gibbson had a rough life before he was found wandering the streets that day. One night in particular, when Gibbson was pancaked on top of him, Jason asked Michelina the question, “How could anyone have done this to him?”
Although animal abuse and terrorism are vastly different subjects, Jason’s education and training provided him with a unique perspective on how to handle issues on a global scale. While receiving his Master’s Degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security in Israel, Jason was taught by a top Professor that the only long-term solution to terrorism was education. It struck him that the massive animal abuse and neglect crisis required the same application. Despite several friends and family not taking him seriously, Jason knew what he had to do. The 6’4, 240lb former rugby player decided to write a children’s book. The book would educate children and adults on the all-too-common tale of a rescue dog’s journey toward find a loving family. Kraus wanted to highlight the never-ending positivity that exists in rescue dogs and clearly paints the picture that Bubbins, like so many other dogs, always believed that there was a loving family out there waiting for him.
Despite the successful launch of the book, the Kraus’ knew that more needed to be done. Realizing that early childhood education would be the most impactful, Jason left his employment and they began running Bubbins Humane Education Workshops in NY and NJ schools, and continue to do so virtually throughout the country. Truly believing that the more you give, the more you get, to date, Jason and Michelina have visited over 25 schools and educated over 6,000 children in person. They have also donated over $6,800 to rescue organizations and over 1,100 books, 400 of which went to students in the city of Newark, NJ, the very city that Gibbson (was originally found in as stray.
Sadly, Gibbson passed away on March, 3rd 2020, but not before leaving his mark on the hearts of the Krauses, and in-turn, the world at large. The Krauses believe the rescue world needs a central message and mascot to rally around and educate the public, and they know that can be Bubbins! As he says, "We can spay, neuter, shelter, foster and adopt, but until we educate it won't stop!"
51% of profits go to rescues and shelters. Bubbins has identified the below rescues as intended donation recipients for our next round of donations:
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
Jersey Pits Rescue is a foster based animal rescue group located in New Jersey.
Their mission: To provide necessary care to stray, abandoned, and surrendered dogs for the purpose of finding them loving, permanent homes. They also provide medical care and financial aid to prevent overpopulation through spaying and neutering. We aim to inform and educate the community on the importance of spaying and neutering their dogs and the proper way to care for their animals.
Kennel To Couch is a 501(c)3 dedicated to Pit Bull Adoption Advocacy. They team with shelters and community partners to sponsor pit bulls in need of adoption. Upon adoption, their sponsored dogs receive the K2C sponsorship benefits package at no expense to the family.