July 11th, 2018
Bailey was somewhat preoccupied on today’s early morning walk at Jean Lake. Usually, we have the trail and surrounding area to ourselves. Bailey and I could hear voices that grew louder as we neared the lake. I could see the small outline of a boat in the distance. At first, I thought who would be boating at 6:30 am. With a second glance, I realized that it was a group of rowers. They were practicing for the upcoming Regatta Races held on the last Friday of July – recognized by Labradorians as the Long Weekend. Before I moved here, the long weekend always referred to the first one in August and Monday was the holiday. I wasn’t the only one showing interest in the rowers. Bailey was fixated on the boat, the voices and the movement of paddles. I could see she was drawn down to the water’s edge. She observed without going in. For a fleeting moment, I thought maybe the Newfoundland dog’s instinct to perform a water rescue might surface in my girl. I held the leash tighter in preparation. I need not worry. Bailey remained on shore but, refused to budge from her spot until the rowers turned around and headed to the other end of the lake. As we made our way down the trail, both of us were able to keep track of their progress where the bushes thinned in places. Spurred on by the rowers, Bailey and I quickened our pace and finished the trail in record time. I’m quite sure if given the opportunity, Bailey would have loved to greet them as they arrived at the dock.