“Andrij the Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” : Chapter 15: Some Downtime: I Meet Mr. Gordon Lightfoot and Drake: President Biden Has a Mission for Me and Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog

I had a good sleep except for flashbacks about explosions and the deaths of my Ukrainian family. Bob takes me, Reggie and Dylan for a walk in the compound. Poor Bob having to pick up all that poop. We have our breakfast and as usual, according to Reggie, we have a little treat on the side a bit of toasted bagel from Fairmont Bagel Bakery in Montreal.

Bob pulls me aside and we go into his office. Bob explains to me he oversees me here in Canada and that he is going to take care of me and ensure that I don’t work too hard. He says he has my back and the look in his eyes of which we dogs are very good at reading says to me he means it. He says my only task today is to attend a Toronto Maple Leaf’s hockey game at Scotia Centre. He explains the plan. But he asks me if the plan works with me. I bark YES! Bob laughs and says the way to a Canadian’s heart is through hockey. He also has a strange request from President Biden about easing the terrible rise of oil prices in North America and delivering a slap in the Tsar’s face. It is an unofficial mission and we are to say we have no request to do what we are going to do from President Biden. Bob says Reggie has a special place in the heart of the Grand Ayatollah because Reggie is a Muslim and they have prayed together. Reggie hops on his lap to be petted. The children of Iran love Reggie. Our job is to go to Tehran and ask the Ayatollah to increase the supply of oil to North America. Bob tells me Iranians view me as a brave warrior after I tore out the Brute’s neck. So Reggie and I will be a team with Bob doing the talking. We will be travelling right after the hockey game on Bob and Fay’s private jet. On the way back home we will be stopping at the Vatican to meet the Pope and greet the faithful in St. Peters Square.

Bob also mentions that our friend Nicole Kidman has plans for a movie about me but we will discuss that later. Not only that but Disney Studios has floated the idea about an animated film about me.

We have tea with Bob and Fay’s neighbours. Mr. Gordon Lightfoot is an older guy and he is over with another Egyptian Rescue dog Bosco a great friend of Reggie and Dylan. Then a black man called Drake comes. Both guests are famous musicians but I do not know their music! Reggie says just wait until you hear Mr. Gordon Lightfoot sing “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Drake and Mr. Gordon Lightfoot start discussing a benefit Ukrainian concert which will be broadcast to the world. We have a wonderful tea and I have a bit of jasmine tea. Dylan and Reggie love it and I think I do too.

Bob suggests we have a nap as it will be a long day. Bob has packed and we shall be heading to Tehran after the hockey game.

We arrive at Scotia Centre and security is very tight. I have my flak jacket and helmet on. We go into the Toronto Maple Leaf’s dressing room and these big strong men act like happy children seeing me. The captain of the team presents me with a dog size Maple Leaf’s jersey and a matching blanket. Dylan and Reggie have Hamilton Tigercat’s blankets and jerseys. Aren’t we sporty dogs!

We have a special box where we will watch the game. Before the game Bob takes me to centre ice where the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada gives a short speech and introduces me.  Bob turns me around so all the roaring crowd can see me. The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs comes out gives me a flak jacket with the Toronto Highlander’s insignia on one side and the Ukrainian flag on the other. I get a matching helmet. Then the Ukrainian national anthem follows the Canadian anthem. I see my face on a giant Jumbotron. Is this real?

We watch the game from our box but so many people want to meet me. My attack on the Brute has gone viral in Canada as it has in most of the world. Bob later tells me some sizeable cheques were written for the Ukrainian Relief Fund For Refugees by guests in the box.

After the game we go in a motorcade to the Toronto Airport and board our private jet. We are off to Tehran!

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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