The inspiration for LEO in “The Zebra Affaire” was Rupert. His owner was a school friend of mine who still lives in South Africa. Sadly Rupert died, and Marc posted this gorgeous picture on Facebook as a tribute. When I saw those wonderful dark canine eyes, so strong, intelligent and caring, I felt compelled to feature a Rhodesian ridgeback in my novel. And what a delightful contribution Leo has made to my story… Funny how a dog can “humanize” a narrative. Here’s a picture of the late Rupert…a most magnificent creature!
(Submitted by Marc and Mark)
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