“Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog ” : Reggie, Bosco and Dillie the Westie Groove at Drake’s Album Release Party

All us dogs, Bob and Fay are looking forward to Drake’s big barbeque at his home in the Bridle Path in a very exclusive part of Toronto. Unfortunately it is also where the Shermans were murdered! Honey and Barry Sherman pharma billionaires that must have made enemies.

Bob had downloaded a bunch of Drake’s songs and really none of us dogs and Bob can’t stand his music with its nasal whining that gives sensitive dogs with precision hearing a headache! Fay thinks Drake is the best. Hey but dogs getting invited to a BBQ means MEAT POSSIBILITIES!

Not to boast but because the Disney Film “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” all of us are celebrities except Bosco but he is part of the family so he is invited.

So we dress up, casually of course with Bob and Fay in Armani and Boss and us pooches just bathed by Bob and smelling pretty. Even stinky Bosco smells half decent!

We walk for a few minutes and pass through a security detail. Bob parts with his Glock but with such heavy security we all feel safe. Bosco as a new addition to the family really has no clue about how famous we all are.

Drake meets us and I was expecting to see some man with heavy gold chains and floppy clothes like in his music videos. But he is dressed in jeans and a flashy jacket. And he is a shy guy. He picks me and Dillie up like he is specially greeting animal stars. He asks his posse to give each of us 24 karat gold water bowls with our name engraved on them. They are filled with my favourite Evian water. We are the only dogs here! Drake introduces us while he is holding Dillie and I to so and so. Some are musicians, artists and actors. Some are huge basketball players. I can’t say I like Drake’s music but as a human he is gracious, respectful and humble.

And my goodness there is a classical music trio from Toronto Consort playing some medieval music from a man called Monteverdi! This Drake plays tough but he is ultra cool. He is serving all sorts of drinks including a favourite of his which is frozen honeydew melon, mint, lime juice, Evian water and Ouzo. Actually Bob and Fay had introduced this drink to Drake who loved it. The guests loved it so much the Ouzo ran out so they are drinking some Champagne in a golden coloured bottle. “Kristal”?

Gordon Lightfoot is there as well and he takes a liking to Bosco. Perhaps if he knew how Bosco stinks he might not be so friendly! Bosco seems to have found a long-lost friend in Gordon Lightfoot.

There is much noise and happy people. Many are black and I have not seen many of these types of people but they are like Bob and Fay and we dogs don’t discriminate.

There are a few lambs and pigs roasting over a spit and dinner is announced. There are huge mounds of meat, polenta, salad, grits with shrimp and loads of other food. Guests are given a Limoges China plate and they hit the buffet. There are great wines from Campania in Italy and the Okanagan in British Columbia.

Drake asks Bob if it is OK if we canines can have some meat. YES!!!!! We can. Just a bit of pork and lamb with some grits and shrimp. Kick me. Am I in paradise?

We gobble up this very special tasting meat and almost stagger over to Gordon Lightfoot and crash out with exhaustion and a full belly at his feet. Man, this Drake knows how to throw a party.

We are prodded awake by Bob who says it is time to go home which is down the street. Before we go Drake says he would like to take us to a basketball game of a team called the Toronto Raptors where we will be guests of honour on national television!

Drake has Bob’s Glock returned to him and has his security detail walk us home. Gordon Lightfoot asks us if he can have Bosco overnight and Bob and Fay agree. What’s up?

Despite the fact I do not like Drake’s music he is a good soul and is our friend now. Bob and Fay have asked him over for dinner next week.

We are home as the sun rises and  we crash out with our 24 karat gold water bowls Drake has given us! What a night. I am too tired to say my nighttime prayers. But before I nod off I think I see Anwar smiling at me and saying “Bravo Reggie!”

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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