“Andrij the Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” :Chapter 11 Quick American Television Appearances

From the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington I appear on a few American television shows on Zoom calls. The Ukrainian Ambassador does all the talking while I sit on a chair beside him. The Ambassador tells my story about my human family being obliterated by Russian firepower and plays that famous clip of me attacking the Brute in Kiev. They are fascinated about the 50 million Euro Tsar Putin has put on my little fluffy white head. How could a dog be so vilified by a Tsar? The Ambassador explains my antics and where there is an audience they stand up and clap. Thank goodness they do not cover my lunge at the Russian Washington Capital hockey player. That was very immature of me but I am a simple dog who is learning quickly. I am also learning quickly that my anger is best directed toward the Russian invaders and those in the Russian state that enable Tsar Putin. I note that our army has captured many Russian soldiers that are confused why they are in the Ukraine but if they turn back, they will be shot. War can be so complicated. There are courageous Russians that demonstrate against the war and are tossed into prison or “disappear” for exercising that right they haven’t had in 22 years. Given the absolute monarchy of Tsar Putin that is understandable but not forgivable. The Ambassador’s comments are similar for each appearance namely we need NATO military intervention not applause and standing ovations when President Zelensky speaks to elected assemblies.

I enjoyed the one live in canine appearance with my friend Jim Prosciutto at the CNN network. I spent some time in the CNN jet flying back to Washington from Warszawa with him. He is on leave resting from his brutal assignment in my country but demanded he be in the studio with me with the Ambassador. Millions of viewers are stunned at the beginning of the show when I roar across the room and give all sorts of kisses to Prosciutto. In a sense we go back a long way. In war even minutes can be categorized as “a long way”. He tells my story to millions of Americans while I sit on his lap. CNN ratings go through the roof. This fluffy “lap dog” decorated by the United States Marines? My killing of the Brute is shown uncensored on CNN with warnings about its graphic nature. The Ambassador closes by saying this is what Russian aggression and brutality can do to seemingly peaceful creatures. In closing I parade around the studio with my U.S marine flak jacket and helmet. I wear them in public now because of the price on my head. I also like to remind people by wearing this combat outfit that we are at war in my country. My appearance on CNN itself has become a major international story.

By 5 p.m. I am on a US Navy jet to Buffalo New York where Bob and Fay with Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog and Dylan the Westie are awaiting me. I am really very nervous about meeting such valiant and powerful figures. On the plane I sit behind the pilots who give me a high five before we take off. I am wearing a cool CNN wool hat with Ukrainian flags on the sides and yes I look tough! The Americans are not taking any security risks as there is an F-18 jet keeping an eye on us.

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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