We had a fantastic time on our promotional tour for Disney’s film “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog”. It was tiring but Bob had structured it so we had some free time.
In Paris we saw the Eiffel Tower. In London we saw the London Bridge and Windsor Castle. In Berlin we saw a special museum dedicated to the horrible symbolism of the Berlin Wall. In Rome The Pantheon was the most beautiful building I have been in and the little bit of Spaghetti Carbonara I had in the Trastevere district of Rome made me fall in love with Rome. In Lisbon we couldn’t stand the cruise passengers flooding the city so we headed off to Sintra for a couple of days then off to Guincho Beach just outside of Estoril where we had fantastic walks on the beach and in the sand dunes and stayed at very cool Moorish castle hotel called Fortaleza do Guincho where Bob said this was the most beautiful dining room he has ever been in. And the food. As a treat I had a special pork dish called the black Pig of Alentejo. YUM! The chefs at Fortaleza know how to prepare the best food. Bob and Fay have stayed there before and Bob says it is his second home. We took a side trip to the Douro and what a spectacular train and boat ride we had down the Douro River. We stayed at a Quinta called Dona Matilde where I saw a winery for the first time. We also visited Bob’s friend at Porto’s coolest seafood restaurant Postigo in Old Porto. Bob caught up with his friend the owner Alex and I had a taste, small mind you, of some creamy Portuguese mountain cheese and a spoonful of Portugal’s national dish Bachalau and WOW!. Bob had given me a few chunks of octopus on our Portuguese trip. PLEASE GIVE ME MORE!
But a very special visit was to the Pope in Rome. Pope Frank I think was his name gave me a blessing for animals and Bob for bringing a Muslim dog into the world of children where Muslims have been so badly portrayed. As he held me on his lap he thanked Bob hoping that “Reggie The Egyptian Rescue Dog” would heal a rift between Muslims and Christians.
Now one important and secret visit we had when in Tehran was a visit with an important man like the Pope but he is called an Ayatollah. On the BBC news I have seen him and he frightens me with his anger towards the United States and also the other way being the anger of the United States against Iran. Why are these humans so hateful when politics are involved? It reminds me of dogs fighting in the streets of Cairo for a scrap of meat!
“Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” was becoming a huge hit in Iran and in the Muslim world except for Egypt where it has been banned.
The Ayatollah was very welcoming and Bob had several cups of tea with him. He thanked Bob for writing a film that had a Muslim dog as its star. It was an inspiration to the Muslim world. It showed to him the United States was willing to hold out a hand to Iran so both governments could start talking again and he gave Bob a letter which he asked he deliver to President of the United States. He even picked me up when he was talking to Bob and stroked my head. This is not the Ayatollah we see on the BBC news! He said he would say a special prayer for me! And he said to Bob that Iranian intelligence had determined that The Brothers of Egypt were an extortion ring operating out of Bulgaria so their criminal activities had nothing to with Islam. He told Bob he had issued a fatwah against them. I am not sure what a fatwah is but it doesn’t sound friendly.
On our way home we stopped in Washington and were picked up by The Secret Service and taken to see President Biden and gave him the letter the Ayatollah had given him. President Biden had been instructed that I was bitten by a big dog in Cairo so his German Shepherds were not in the Oval Office with us.
He opened up the letter from the Ayatollah and slowly read it. He smiled and told Bob not to say anything but he had received a personal invitation in the letter to meet the Ayatollah for two days of talks in Vienna to continue discussing the Iranian nuclear capability. He looked at me and said “I’ll be damned Reggie my best diplomats have failed to do what your story may do for world piece. Come visit me at Camp David after my meeting with the Ayatollah and I’ll have a special medal for you!”
A photographer came and took our picture. We have it on a mantle over our fireplace. Visitors come and see us with President Biden and their mouths open but Bob says me, him and Joe are friends and says no more. Now about the picture we have with the Pope Bob is not bound by any secrecy. I think I can hear my late master Anwar laughing with joy in the world beyond with Karim barking at his side. Didn’t I tell you earlier I had the blood of the pharaohs running in my veins.
By the way Joe confirmed that the CIA had informed him The Brothers of Egypt are criminals just as the Ayatollah did. Interpol would be busting them up soon.