Monica Reifegerste, a Brazilian of German descent, was born in São Paulo, in 1961. She has a licentiate in Pedagogy by the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, UFSC – and has owned and bred Great Danes since 2003. As a lover of the breed, she has been searching and studying the Great Dane ever since, developing a specialized website, writing and publishing a few essays on controversial issues, published on her own website and social net forums.
In 2009, she developed a card game named “The Great Danes’ Suits Playing Cards”, aiming to shed light on the coat color issue of the breed in a playful and creative way. It is not yet available at this present date.
In 2012, she translated the official German Standard of the Breed to Portuguese, established by the DDC – Deutscher Doggen Club – German Great Dane Club – and published by the CBKC – Brazilian Kennel Club Confederation.
As a fondness for children´s books, she decided that the best way to address the color issue would be a children’s book for adults and children, i.e., through a fable, would be possible to address the issue figuratively, in order to bring into focus the ethical and moral matters related to the subject. Thus, “The Legend of Maxim and the Curse of Probopolo” arose, a storyline built on Christian foundations and on an evangelistic approach.