“Andrij the Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” :Chapter 14:  Bob’s Confidential Memo to Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada

Dear Ambassador:

We Canadians understand the desperate conflict the Ukrainian people are facing because of Tsar Putin’s blitzkrieg on your country.

We understand the valiant actions of Andrij in Kiev of late setting an example for democratic strength throughout the globe.

President Biden of the United States of America has discussed with your President Zelensky the role that Andrij will play in Canada over the upcoming days. I believe your president has communicated his understanding with President Biden to you.

As Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada you will suggest to me your activities for Andrij. I will have the power to accept or reject them. I will be the legal guardian of Andrij when he is under my care and when unable to do so my wife Fay will have decision making power.

There are the best interests of Andrij and of the Ukraine that will govern my decision making which will be based on the health of Andrij. He will not be under your disposal 24 hours a day. I will ensure he has sufficient rest, exercise and supervision at my home.

While within my compound I will have responsibility for his security but you will have responsibility for his security and that of myself, Fay, Dylan the Westie and any guests we invite to functions outside of my compound. Should Andrij be required to make any international appearances I will have the right to accept or reject them and it will be your responsibility to arrange for security outside of Canada.

No payment for my services are required. All expenses for the care and maintenance of Andrij shall be my responsibility while he is under my care and control.

At the expiry of one month of Andrij being in Canada I will have the right to formally adopt Andrij and you shall expedite that with all necessary Ukrainian approvals. By mutual agreement we can extend his Canadian public appearances on a week-by-week basis.

If you are in agreement with these principles, please contact me and a detailed memorandum of understanding will be prepared for your signature.

While I understand the important role Andrij has to play here in Canada I know Andrij has suffered deep emotional turmoil and possibly post traumatic stress disorder and his health is of paramount concern to me and I trust to the people of Ukraine.


Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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