Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog: What are Foster Parents?

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.

I have been living with my “foster parents” Anthony and Susan in Toronto for a couple of weeks.

I am beginning to trust humans again. I really like Anthony because he is so kind and gentle and like Anwar he watches BBC news every day. You know I understand so much English because of all the BBC television my executed master Anwar and I watched. Anwar was a well-known journalist who wrote articles critical about the Egyptian government. The army came in the middle of the night and arrested him and then executed him. I know enough to say Egypt is not a democratic country. You shut your mouth if you are unhappy with the government and you live. You speak out and you may be killed! Is Canada a democratic country?

I hear Anthony and Susan talking about “Reggie” and adoption. I do not understand what adoption means as my understanding of human society is based on the BBC Anwar and I watched… I do not know what the word adoption means!

What I do know is that Anthony and Susan are taking so very good care of me. You know I will NEVER EVER FORGET Anwar but these people are so nice to me.

One day on our daily long walk in Sherwood Park in Toronto on the unleashed dog trail I met Fay and Bob and their dog Dillie who is a hairy Scotch dog called a West Highland Terrier. Yes I know about these white West Highland Terriers. They are from Scotland. I think the Queen of England has a big palace there called Sandringham.  West Highland Terriers were pack dogs that chased foxes. They were very brave like me in the streets of Cairo.

I liked Dillie. We sniffed each other and wagged our tails. It is so nice to have a dog friend that is not fighting with you for food. And Bob shook my paw and introduced himself. How did he know Anwar taught me to shake a paw! Fay also was so nice as she patted me and massaged my cheek just like Anwar did. I like Canada. All the dogs and people are so nice and after being a street dog in Cairo this is taking me time to understand.

Anthony and Susan are “assessing me”. I am not sure what this means. They make sure I understand it is good to poo and pee outdoors which Anwar taught me but after living on the street for months my potty training has become a bit weak. But we are working on it and it is working.

They also put me in a crate when they leave the house. I am very upset about this as I never experienced this. I get very frightened with this crating as I wonder if Anthony and Susan will return and let me out of the crate or will they disappear like Anwar?  But when they are not with me I am beginning to feel safe in a crate. It is like my own little home. I can’t escape but neither can I be attacked or threatened by other dogs or humans.

My tummy is feeling good with this “kibble” they feed me. I think it is chicken kibble. They tried salmon and beef kibble but that made my skin itchy. So I eat chicken kibble and I love that and I have a bowl always full of fresh, clean and cold water.

Anthony and Susan are very nice to me. They teach me new tricks. I let them hug and hold me and they say nice things to me. They do not hit me. They speak to me nicely even if I lose my temper. They take me to places where I meet many dogs and see how I am with them.

I want to stay with Anthony and Susan for the rest of my life. For the first time since I was on the streets of Cairo I feel safe and loved. Oh please as the blood of the ancient pharaohs runs in my veins I pray to them for safety and love of these wonderful people Anthony and Susan.

I now feel like Reggie a loved and cared for dog and no longer a street urchin. Is this too good to be true. In my dreams I ask Anwar am I finally safe?

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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