Hello. Let me introduce myself. My name is Reggie and I am the luckiest and happiest dog in the world. Please read my story and find out why I am saying this.
There is a big stir at Toronto Pearson Airport. There are television cameras and journalists like my dead master Anwar. I wonder if anyone is watching us in Egypt?
I am very tired and so scared I am shaking. The foster parents are picking us up to take us to their home. Are they kind masters and mistresses? Although I am shivering in fright I am also excited. I am off the street for now. Are foster parents arrested in the middle of the night like Anwar was? I am a bit mixed up and so very tired.
A tall man with a beard and a lady come up to me and softly call my name. They try and pet me but I am afraid of stranger’s hands and feet as I was hit and kicked so many times in Egypt. I move back and give a little growl but they do not try and hit or kick me.
Oh it has been so long since I had a leash and collar! It feels good although it feels a bit strange. I have been a street dog for a few months but this leash and collar remind me of Anwar who is gone and I will never see him until I go to heaven.
The man’s name is Anthony and the lady is called Susan. They give me a treat which tastes so good. They call it dried liver. If I do what they say they are so happy and say, “Good boy Reggie” and sometimes even give me a treat. I think I would do just about anything for these liver treats! We all go to my foster parent’s car and there is a big blanket on the back seat and they put me there saying we will be home soon. I have not had a real home in many months. I wonder if we can watch the BBC news every night like I used to do with Anwar.
I fall asleep in the car and wake up in front of a house so different than the houses in Egypt. They have a green backyard full of plants and thick grass and I have a good roll in it and bark a thank you to these strangers. They show me their house and I have my own bed and blanket and my own bowl for water and food! I have a big drink of cold and clean water and I have some crunchy food they call chicken kibble.
We all go out for a walk and I pull hard on the leash I am so excited to see other dogs being walked and many are happy to see me. They sniff me and wag their tails and some want to play. No one shouts or curses me. I am beginning to like Canada! But suddenly a big dog like the one who attacked me in Cairo barks at me and although I am so frightened I lunge and bark at him furiously. I have never lost my temper like this before. Susan and Anthony calmly pull me back and they know I was attacked as they say that they will protect me from all dangers and what happened to you in Egypt will never happen in Canada.
So we go home and Anthony watches the BBC news and this makes me feel sad and happy at the same time. I fall asleep at Anthony’s feet. Soon it is time for bed and Anthony takes me out for a walk saying I should pee and poo outside. I understand this as this is what Anwar taught me.
I am looking forward to a sleep in my new bed and having clean water to drink anytime I want! As I fall asleep I think about all the dogs that were on the airplane. I am sure they do not speak English and I hope they are having a good time in their new country. I have only been here a few hours but I am finding out what feeling safe is like. But will I be loved? I do not know what foster parents are but I am sure I am going to learn.