This tall man in the OSU cap told me his two Scotties were named Jack and Agnes. We had seen them meandering downtown for at least two blocks before we finally met outside the Liberty Theatre. The dogs seemed to have their own interests and moved around independently. But when my partner said their names aloud and they lined up perfectly for just a moment. It was quite the surprise.
The sidewalk chairs presented a happy coincidence. I noticed them only seconds before the man agreed to the photo. Their pastel colors matched the dog collars and leash reels, so I turned everyone around so the chairs could make minor cameos. An unknown woman made a cameo, too. She was unplanned, but welcome.
(Astoria, July 2014)