As a boy, Markus grew up in Canada and was one of those kids you heard about that "had to walk a mile to the schoolbus- through snow blizzards and storms". Constantly picked on and beat up at school, Markus's only real close friend was his trusty dog Casper, who would walk with him to the school bus every day. When the day was over, Casper was still waiting at the side of the road for the bus to return, and the two would walk home, feeling whole again. It was a magical time when Markus would tell his pal that one day life would be better... that maybe dreams could come true if we wish hard enough. Some friends we never forget.