Roadside Encounters: Jake
Breed: Golden retriever
Encountered: Sitting in the back of a pickup truck, outside the Paradise Cafe in Port Orford, Oregon.
Backstory: We spotted Jake, patiently waiting in the rain for his master, when we pulled in for some breakfast at the Paradise Cafe. I snapped a quick picture and went inside, taking a seat at the counter — as it turned out, right next to Jake’s owner.
It was a homey little eatery, where regulars have their own coffee cups, lined up on a shelf, and, rather than numerous individual conversations, there’s just one big one, between staff and customers, from table to table. Someone at the counter might say something, and then someone three tables away would chime in. It’s a small town thing.
Jake’s a fine dog, his owner told me while finishing off his breakfast — and not as old as he looks. He had to have his face shaved so he could be stitched up a few weeks ago after he fell out the back of the moving truck.
Despite that, Jake still rides in the back of the truck.
His owner told me that he named Jake after the dog in the song, “Feed Jake,” by the Pirates of the Mississippi.
“It’s a cool song, it’s got bums and hookers and everything,” he said.
I had only a vague recollection of the song, so I looked it up on YouTube:
Posted by John Woestendiek November 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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