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.
My life with my foster parents Anthony and Susan is so good. I am protected, loved, well taken care of and oh how I love that cold and clean water in my bowl they refill several times a day. But my life has been so uncertain. My master Anwar was an Egyptian journalist who wrote articles in a newspaper critical of the government and he was executed. I was tossed out in the street and survival was a difficult task for a 12-pound dog. But I survived the streets of Cairo unlike many other dogs who were poisoned and shot as that was Cairo’s way of animal control. I am proud and a tough dog that could take on dogs twice my size but that dog that bit me in the market was five times my size.
After the attack the animal doctors saved my life so there are caring Egyptians and their society seems to be changing so that dogs are treated properly. But from the animal hospital I had to take a terrifying flight on an airplane to Toronto from Cairo. Then a new home with my foster parents Anthony and Susan in a different country. I feel like a very lucky dog. I love my backyard and love playing chase with the squirrels and rabbits. I will not hurt them but they are faster than I am and one squirrel seems to like and tease me and laugh at me as he sits on the fence in the backyard chattering away like he is laughing at me! I am so happy and feel so safe.
I fear the army will come and arrest Anthony and Susan and execute them like they did to Anwar in Egypt. Please understand my fear. Your master taken away by the army and executed and you are thrown out into the street. I am so frightened it will happen again. I think I said to you I saw a BBC documentary on post traumatic stress disorder with British soldiers. I am not a doctor but I think I may have this problem. This may be the reason of my fear that it may happen again. Maybe this is why I lose my temper and lunge out at big dogs so that they will not hurt me like the one in Cairo did. You humans may see me as a dog but I have feelings and emotions like you humans have. I want some peace and stability.
I felt something was not right when I saw Susan crying and Anthony speaking to her in a strange shaky tone I never heard before. Anthony came up to me and gave me a big hug and said you are going to your “forever parents” today. What are forever parents?
We have a big Sunday meal with Anthony and Susan having a delicious smelling food called blueberry waffles and maple syrup. I have a big bowl of ground beef and rice. I love meat! Anthony and Susan have coffee after their meal. I know it is coffee as Anwar would have it in the morning and I remember its smell. I go for a walk around the street and Anthony and Susan put me in their car.
We go to a house where they take me out of the car and knock on a door and I see Bob and Fay! And yes their dog Dillie who I met in a park called Sherwood. Anthony looks at me and says this is my forever home. Oh no! Susan and Anthony talk for a long time to Fay and Bob and I hear my name many times. Dillie their dog comes up to me and we have a few sniffs and we are friends! We chase a squirrel in their backyard. He is older than me but has lots of energy. I like him. I like Fay and Bob but wait Anthony and Susan are leaving me behind. Please Please not again. Both Anthony and Susan have tears streaming down their face.