Retired teacher creates children’s book to encourage adoption of shelter dogs


A retired Brecksville teacher puts his talents to good use.

He just published a children’s book highlighting how important it is to give shelter dogs a home.

The series is called “The Adventures of Jill, Jake and Stimlin” – named after Dave Lubinger’s daughter and their two dogs.

Proceeds will go to local shelters like Parma and Rescue Village in South Russell, as well as CHA Animal Shelter in Columbus and Heart of Kjos Animal Microsanctuary in Minnesota.

“People just don’t realize how sensitive dogs, cats and other animals are. and they have feelings and they need love and I hate that they sit and rot in a shelter or can’t find a home, ”Lubinger said.

The series has been in the works for years – Lubinger actually asked one of his 1999 students to help illustrate the books!

“I just love to do stuff and put it out in the world and see what happens – and whatever happens I’m happy!” said illustrator Adam Slivka.

And what happened was the books became a total success.

You can find them at local bookstores like Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls, Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Learned Owl in Hudson, as well as online at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

Fun Fact – Lubinger’s daughter was so in love with her dogs growing up, she was inspired to become a vet. She is finishing her veterinary studies in the next few months!


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