A smitten Jake with Muin, in front with ball.
Sometimes nice things just happen.
Take, for example, what happened to Steve, Jake and I two summers ago on a bike trip to Cape Breton. We were in Baddeck. Steve and I had just finished a great dinner at a nice restaurant on the main street while Jake was taking a well-deserved nap back at the cottage where we were staying. Don’t worry, we fed him first. Jake always eats first.
Steve and I were walking down the street, no doubt feeling content with life given that we were on vacation and filled with good food and wine. I looked ahead and saw a couple walking towards us with two dogs. Jake wouldn’t appreciate it if I called them small, but let’s just say they were dogs with short legs. As they drew near, I said to Steve, “Look, a Cairn.” Then as they drew even closer, I said, “It looks just like Jake.”
By that time the couple with the dogs were close enough to hear us and the conversation began. Within minutes, we learned they lived in Baddeck just a few blocks away. The Cairn terrier was a girl dog named Muin, which is Mi’kmaq for bear, and the second dog was a Yorkie named Casey. Muin was a few months older than Jake and had come from the same breeder in Saint John. Barry and Ann were as crazy about their dogs as we are about Jake, and they just had to come back to the cottage to meet our boy.
I wonder what people staying in the neighbouring cottages thought of the menagerie on the lawn as dusk fell that evening, as dogs chased and played and got their leashes tangled for their humans to unwind. Jake took one look at Muin and clearly fell in love. His first crush. His first girlfriend. We all stood around smiling and laughing as he awkwardly tried to make friends in his clearly smitten state.
Eventually, the little party broke up and we went inside. We were still talking about what a great coincidence it all was when there was a knock on the door. It was Barry inviting us to come to their house for coffee.
We went, of course, and had a great evening of good conversation, quick friendship and lots of fun for the dogs. And if Jake looked a little dazed and smitten throughout the evening, that was fine. What’s not to like about accidentally bumping into your dream girl on four short legs.