Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog is Back: Will the Canadians Shine at the Academy Awards?

We had an uneventful flight from Dulles to LAX. Nicole had arranged for a limo to take us to her Malibu home and when we arrived at her spectacular home the housekeeper took us to the beach guest house and then returned with a huge platter of sushi. Nicole, Mr. Urban and their children Faith and Sunday were out at a party but Nicole left us a note welcoming us and that she and her family were looking forward to meeting us for breakfast at the main house. We had our sushi and went for an evening walk on the beach. Dylan the Westie hates water with a passion so we stayed a good distance from the water. Oh it is so calming to smell the saltwater and hear the waves! Thank goodness there are no saltwater crocodiles in Malibu!

We were so very tired we were in bed sound asleep by 10 p.m. which is 1 a.m. Toronto time. We awoke to a beautiful sunny day. Nicole gave us a call and we headed up to the main house for breakfast. It was great seeing Nicole again! Mr. Urban is a friendly guy and her children Faith and Sunday are well mannered and right after breakfast the children take us to the grounds to chase tennis balls. The humans chat away drinking tea. Nicole tells us we have a press conference at a nearby hotel at three with me, Dylan the Westie, Mr. Gordon Lightfoot, Martin Malivoire, Russell Crowe and Nicole. I have been in so many of these media scrums they rarely excite me. The usual questions. Been there done that! Word is out about our Presidential Medal of Honour. At the entrance of the hotel there are hundreds of children wanting to see me and Dylan the Westie. Nicole’s management team hands out pictures of me and Dylan the Westie with our paw prints on them! Nicole is a very smart lady and has a great head for business.

Nicole has invited Mr. Gordon Lightfoot, Martin Malivoire and Russell Crowe for dinner in a private dining room in nearby ritzy restaurant. And yes Mr. Gordon Lightfoot starts the evening off by singing “Paco A Girl’s Best Friend” and then Mr. Urban and Mr. Gordon Lightfoot sing and play “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” like never heard before. They had been rehearsing that a few days earlier. Mr. Gordon Lightfoot and Mr. Urban are going to collaborate on Mr. Urban’s new album!

We have a quiet breakfast in our beach house prepared by Nicole’s housekeeper. We have another walk on the beach and poor Bob gets a sunburn so his face looks like a cherry! We all have a short nap and prepare for the big night. Bob and Fay look really snazzy and Fay has her make-up and hair done by a well-known Hollywood make-up artist. Dylan the Westie and I have a bath and a good brush. We dogs decided we want to wear our Hamilton Tiger Cats jersey to give Hamilton a big shout out to the huge audience watching the Oscars.

Nicole looks smashing! We hop into the limo and go to something called the Red Carpet which is jammed full of movie stars, models and celebrities. Fay is holding me and Bob is holding Dylan the Westie. Many ask Bob about the Hamilton Tiger Cats jersey not surprising as they know little about Canadian football.

Bob takes us for a walk just before the televised event begins and we are surrounded by eager fans wishing us the best.

The lights dim and we are live!

We hold our breath as the nominees for best song are announced. And the winner is…….Gordon Lightfoot for “Paco A Girl’s Best Friend”! Mr. Gordon Lightfoot grabs me and takes me on the stage. He has 90 seconds to speak to the world. “I would like to thank the Academy. I would not be here without the inspiration that Reggie has given me. A street dog from Cairo who has conquered the hearts of millions. “Paco a Girl’s Best Friend” is my biggest hit ever. Reggie I love you!” He then hoists me up over his head to thunderous applause.

Then it is the best special effects award. And the winner is Martin Malivoire for “A Dog Saved My Life”! Canada is cleaning up! That special effects fight between me and the saltwater crocodile was a masterpiece said Variety Magazine.

Then for best supporting actor…” And the winners are Dylan the Westie and Rick Mercer.” We Canadians are red hot!

Is it my turn next? And the winner for best actor is Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog and Russell Crowe. This is unreal. Wake me up please! Russell says, “Thank you Academy members. I was doing Reggie’s voice and there was such a range of emotions trying to portray them was perhaps the most difficult job in my career. Reggie is super intelligent and at times I thought he was a human. After working with him for 4 months I know he is embarrassed and very shy but both of us thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

And the winner for Best Actress is Nicole Kidman for “A Dog Saved My Life”. The crowd erupts but there is a stir. Why is Nicole walking up the stairs in the wrong direction? What is the matter? Nicole has come to get us and she puts a double leash and takes Dylan the Westie and I to the stage. We sit at her feet. Nicole speaks, “I have had a close working relationship with Reggie and his pal Dylan the Westie. At Reggie’s screen test I knew this was the dog for the film. Obedient and he acted like he understood the human language and knowing him I think he understands us humans sometimes better than we know ourselves. Reggie and Dylan you have done yourselves proud. A very special thanks to my husband and two children here tonight for being without me as we filmed for 4 months in Darwin.”

The crowd is up on its feet chanting “REGGIE. DYLAN. NICOLE.”

What a party afterwards! Dylan the Westie and I feel like movie stars. No wait. WE ARE MOVIE STARS! We meet so many famous people. Robert de Niro wants to have us visit him in New York. Countless offers are made for film projects and Bob collected some 65 business cards. It is all a blur. Then the room goes silent and an announcement is made to watch the screens in the room. God bless his soul it is our friend Joe Biden who congratulates everyone in the room and gives a special shout out to “my good friends” Dylan and Reggie. This stuns most of the people in the room not knowing that two dogs are good friends of the American President.

At two in the morning the limo comes to take us back to Malibu. Dylan the Westie and I are so exhausted when we get back home Bob and Fay had to carry two sleeping dogs back to their doggie beds with a presidential seal on them.

We have a farewell breakfast and drive off to Palm Springs for a few days rest. Before we leave Bob and Fay invite Nicole and her family to our Toronto home for Canadian Thanksgiving. Joe and Jill Biden have also been invited. This may work!

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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