Bob is on fire with the novel “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog”. It is on the number one position for novels on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 weeks in a row. And he has signed a huge deal to convert his internet published novels “Life at Up Up and Away Investment Management International”, “Virus # 26” and “Mutantism on the March “published into novels by Big House Publishers. And the Hollywood studios are approaching him about converting his novels into films. Quite frankly it is getting out of control. I sense that Bob wants a simpler life of walking about the neighbourhood with Dillie and I and writing yet another novel but his fame is catching up with his previously unpublished fiction and he is heading to the stratosphere in riches and fame.
But in this rush of fame and fortune Bob has been notified he has been awarded for the Nobel Prize for literature for “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” for narrowing the divide between Christians and Muslims primarily due to me a Muslim dog living happily in a Christian world where love and security unite the world. And me, Reggie, has been specifically invited to the awards ceremony to the same prize. A human and a dog co-winners of a Nobel Prize!
We are all excited to receive these awards beyond all belief that was all sparked by me trying to eat a few morsels of food from a Rottenwhiler‘s bowl that was guarding Cairo’s biggest market place. Fate plays a strange role in our life doesn’t it? Thank goodness our nice walled home in the Bridle Path has big gates and a security team protecting us as there are cameras and journalists from all over the world wanting to speak to Bob and take a picture of me.
Bob repurposes his tuxedo and I get an extra special grooming and off we go in our private jet to Stockholm for the awards ceremony. Dillie the Westie is mellow and so supportive of me. He gives me the confidence to get through the ceremony by saying you are and will always be a dog and you are loved by so many dogs all over the world but they can’t speak but I know all of us are behind your inspirational life. Dillie is so wise and calm he relaxes me with his worldly insight.
We take the long flight to Stockholm and the music of Gordon Lightfoot calms all of us. We arrive at 9 a.m. before the day the ward ceremony. Bob and Fay take us for a long walk in this beautiful city of Stockholm but before we fall into an exhausted sleep Bob puts on the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Mr. Lightfoot to calm us down before we sleep. I love that song but in my bones I feel a sense of dread for no apparent reason!
We wake up refreshed after such a long trip although it was on a private jet Bob had arranged for. After breakfast Dillie the Westie and I go out for a long walk in Stockholm with many strange sights and smells and a few local dogs.
When we return to the hotel the press is waiting for us. I am big news across the world as the only dog to ever receive a Nobel Prize. As I look out in the crowd I long to se Anwar my former owner but I know he is the world beyond with Karim but I look nonetheless. I feel that they are with me to share my special moment. We go to a fancy Nobel laureate lunch and a rehearsal. In the evening the King of Sweden will give out the awards. Dillie the Westie and I receive a bath and a fluff out in the afternoon after the lunch. We got a little muddy on our morning walk.
A big limousine arrives and whisks us the royal palace for the ceremony. I see Fay in the room holding Dillie. There is silence as the King walks into the room. Bob picks me up and we walk up to the King and Bob bows and I give a bark of respect and the entire room breaks up with laughter. The King ruffles my head and says,” Reggie you have taught the world a lesson in respect.” I have a shiny medal on my collar now and it is much bigger than my rabies vaccination tag!
We attend a press conference after and Bob makes a statement, “The book “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” was written by me with the help and inspiration of Reggie. After finishing each chapter I read it to him. If he agreed he would bark and if he disagreed he would growl. Each chapter you have read received a final bark of Reggie approval. I hope the book really reaches many children and in a gentle and non didactic way creates a sense of respect for different cultures and religions.”
We have a grand banquet with the prize winners. Dillie the Westie and I have ground venison and rice. We meet many important and fascinating people. A winner from Scotland comes up to Dillie the Westie and says that Dillie is a wee Scot and has made Scotland proud! I am glad to see there are many people that want to see my best friend and mentor as he is also an important character in the book. That sweet dog has not an ounce of jealously in his old and wise body.
On our last day in Stockholm all of us are invited to a private lunch with the King and his grandchildren who want to meet and pet me and Dillie the Westie. Before we go to the airport Joe, I mean President Biden, calls us to congratulate Bob and I on our prize. President Biden tells Bob a secret and invites us all up to a place called Camp David in the summer. Are we going camping with the President?
After we have taken off Bob tells us President Biden’s secret which is that the United States and Iran have reached a “nuclear deal” but I am not sure what that means. “Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog” said President Biden, has softened the heart of the Iranians. The Americans and Iranians will be discussing Iranian Israeli relations next.