“Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” :Reggie Has Tea with Gordon Lightfoot and a Surprise for Bosco

As I may have told you Bob, Fay and Dillie, Bosco and I were invited to tea at Gordon Lightfoot’s home. Mr. Lightfoot is a neighbour to Drake and Bob and Fay. Bob had purchased some Greek pastries at Serrano Bakery on Pape Avenue in Toronto to bring over to Mr. Lightfoot’s. Bob had also downloaded some of his music and it really is from a different era but I enjoy listening to it especially the song about the sinking of some ship the Emma Fitzgerald? I can’t get that song out of my mind and keep humming it to myself.

The Canadian singer and guitar player is an old man but has a sparkle in his eyes and has taken a fancy to Bosco who is not so stinky as all of us dogs had a grooming and bath before teatime. Bosco actually jumped up on Mr. Lightfoot’s lap.

The humans had jasmine and oolong tea and Bob was so happy to have his favourite teas in a relaxing living room full of guitars. There were cucumber sandwiches and all matter of dainties for the adults. After our promotional film tour it was nice to just relax and do nothing. We canines had oatmeal and chicken cookies.

Mr. Lightfoot asked if we would like to hear a song and Fay said “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is the tune stuck in my head! Oh he played it so beautifully I felt sad that so many men had died in that ship. I gave a couple of barks of appreciation. Mr. Lightfoot says while he had received applause it was normally clapping and not dog barks. He said thank you to me and said he would play “If You Could Read My Mind”. That was a wonderful song too and I gave him another few barks.

Mr. Lightfoot was so happy I liked his songs he invited all of us to his upcoming concert at Massey Hall in Toronto. We would have back-stage passes, meet musicians and go to a big party afterwards.

Then Mr. Lightfoot dropped a bomb on us. He said he was becoming more of a lonely old man and needed some company like perhaps a dog. I am a bit surprised when Fay asked Mr. Lightfoot if he would like Bosco who was sleeping on his lap.

You know Bosco was never really a member of our family. He retained his arrogance but not his bad manners. He also was a stinky dog and between you and me had a persistent farting problem. So that night we said good-bye to Bosco knowing he would do a great service to Mr. Lightfoot. They seemed to get along so well and we noted he seemed very happy and frisky when around Mr. Lightfoot. No longer was he a third fiddle but king of his castle plus he could visit us as we were next door and often out being taken for walks at the same time.  True to the Bosco character he never turned to us to say good-bye.

It would pass that Bob and Fay took note of Mr. Lightfoot’s comments about being lonely and we started having him over for family occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas and often on Friday nights he would be over for dinner and bring his guitar and play a few songs. He also had just released a new song “Dogs in Our Lives” and had mentioned Bosco. It was his biggest hit in twenty five years! If Disney releases a sequel to the blockbuster “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” Mr. Lightfoot’s new song would be a great song for the sequel. Don’t tell this to anyone but amongst our neighbours Mr. Lightfoot and Drake it is Mr. Lightfoot’s music that is soothing, relaxing and deeply meaningful. He is poet with a guitar and I like his music better!

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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