I got the idea to create the Adventures of Jasper comic sometime back in 1994/95 when Kay and I had our first two Siberian Huskies named Jasper and Ruby. I like those names obviously and decided to use them for the heroes of my books. I didn’t start working seriously on the first book ‘Lost in Skookum Valley’ until around 1997/98. By then we had our 3rd Husky named Grizzly. The cartoon Jasper is based on a combination of the real Jasper and Grizz. Jasper was a goofy, fun-loving dog that loved everyone, especially kids. Grizzly was a tough mucho guy, mischevious escape artist and extremely loyal. Here’s a photo of Kay with our original team on one of our first dog sledding adventures here on Vancouver Island.
Kay with Jasper, Ruby and lead dog Grizz at Copper Canyon, 1998.