My original intention was to prepare a children’s book about my time in Cairo as a street dog and my traumatic journey to Canada as a “rescue dog”.
However that intent I had was formed at a younger point in my life. My life was much simpler then than it is today. As time passed matters moved quickly and I was converted from a mangy flea infested dog to a superstar because of two animated Disney films made about me. The fact I was a Muslim dog made me popular in many countries where Islam is the main religion. Both Christians and Muslims realized a degree of common ground through me. Political commentators suggested I brought healing between good hearted Christians and Muslims. I was revered by children in Iran as I was in Toronto. I acted as an intermediary between the United States and Iran and quite frankly isn’t this amazing as I am a dog and cannot speak the language of you humans. I prayed with the big Ayatollah guy there and sat on his lap as a Muslim brother although he knew I was living and loved in a Christian world. Do you have any idea how that photo of me on his lap did to advance world peace and stability!
You humans are not as complex as you think. Your hostilities and hatreds show how simplistic and crude you can be but rip the facade of politics and perverted religions aside you share more in common that you would care to admit. That is my hope for you and if I have had a small part in that so be it.
I have mingled with stars in the entertainment industry, politicians and religious leaders. I have won the Nobel Peace Prize and a Presidential Medal of Honour which I am delighted to have done so but my biggest joy is meeting with the children of The United States, Iran, North Korea and many other countries. These children all recognize the wonder of Reggie and Dylan the Westie and unite as one whilst the leaders of their nations stomp their feet, squabble and threaten so that the world is perpetually on the path to self destruction. Politicians listen to the children of your nation.
As you read I nearly died from a strange Douro Duck Virus and I did technically die and go to heaven. It was my late master Anwar and my deceased doggie pal Karim that shoved me back to the bed of an animal hospital saying it was not my time? As I recuperate from that nasty virus I am giving a great deal of thought of why Anwar said this to me. How can I bring the world closer together? Is it simply telling my story so that all humans can identify with my struggles, ambitions and dreams? Can I show the world that dogs and humans from all nations are remarkably similar when you strip out politics and extremist religions?
I am uncertain about what my next steps are but I need some time to get healthy. Bob had told me we would take a year off from travel and public appearances. We would go back to a simpler point in our lives where long walks, chicken kibble and clean water were so awesome for me.
I think I would like another Egyptian rescue dog in my life so Dylan the Westie and I can be THE RATPACK like Bosco/Karim/Dylan the Westie and I were! Yes I have the Reggie’s Dog Foundation to help rescue dogs but I think I have a personal duty to train a Cairo brother or sister to be a leader and example for rescue dogs throughout the world.
When I am back to 100% I look forward to long walks in Sherwood Park where I first met Bob and Fay. Dylan and I have many canine and human friends there and most people have no idea I am Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog. I enjoy hobnobbing with the elite but there is much to be said for a simple well-loved dog. Isn’t that what every dog wants to be?
If there is anything I can ask you dear human reader it is to love and care for your dog and if you do you will find that love has no limits. And I ask you to remember I was a lowly flea infested mutt and that it was Bob and Fay that made my story so well known. Perhaps you humans can give a street or abused dog a chance to thrive in a loving environment and perhaps give that dog a hance to hasten world peace. You know they say a cat has nine lives. Bob told me he was near death 5 times but survived. I have been near death twice so I figure I have a few more lives to live to make the world a better place to go to before I die. It will just take me some time to figure out my next steps.
Good-bye and thank you for sharing your time with me. After my rest I promise you REGGIE THE EYGPTIAN RESCUE DOG WILL BE BACK!