As the Marathon gets closer, typically our stress levels go up. We all have our ways of dealing with those problems. Unfortunately, my main form of stress relief is not available right now. What is my main form of relaxation? The companionship of Scarlet and Belle, of course.
Scarlet and Belle are my dog friends (and family). I have had them both since they were puppies. They adopted me, if the truth be told, by following me home and never leaving (they know a sucker when they sniff one)!
Scarlet showed up in 1997.
Belle joined the gang in 1999 (she’s in there somewhere).
They are a constant source of enjoyment and responsibility. Not just for me but for all the guys at the warehouse, especially Carlos who enjoys walking them as much as I do. It’s very relaxing. The dogs come to work each day and provide breaks from the stress, hustle, and bustle.
Sadly, during the Marathon we are so busy that it isn’t safe to have the dogs around a busy warehouse. Lucky for the dogs that I have two good friends in Cambridge, Vicky and Joe, who graciously host the Grrrls visit to what I call the Harvard Extension Campus.
It’s a sticky wicket for me because this time of year. Scarlet and Belle are such a part of my everyday life. Our favorite thing to do is sit on the futon while Human reads a book and Canine 1 & 2 receive pets and belly rubs. Scarlet usually complains that she isn’t getting enough attention; Belle is always happy whatever the situation.
This is the hardest part of the Marathon for me.