It did not rain today, but dark, dramatic clouds filled the sky. It was beautiful.
I love the different moods of the days and seasons.
On Halloween night, kids often drop candy and wrappers as they go from house to house gathering sweet loot. In the days and weeks that follow, they continue to drop wrappers as they consume their candy as they play outdoors.
Walking Danny in the days and weeks after Halloween is a challenge. Danny’s leash is retractable and when we walk near houses I have him on a shorter leash but in wilder areas, I let him wander on a longer leash. He loves to wander about, sniffing this and that. Usually, that’s no problem and I can let him sniff about without paying close attention. However, after Halloween, Danny pretends to wander innocently as he sniffs out candy and candy wrappers. He can remember the location of a piece of candy from day-to-day. I tend to forget until he’s meandered over to it the next day and begins to eat it.
Today, Danny wandered around in the field and appeared with a sucker stick in his mouth. I exclaimed, “No, Danny!” and pulled it out of his mouth. As we continued on our walk, he found a few dropped items that he gobbled down before I could see what they were. Then I saw a Reese’s Cup wrapper on the ground. He grabbed it before I could stop him. “No, Danny! No!” I yelled. I tugged it, but he refused to let go. He only obeys when he wants to, which is most of the time but not all of the time. We had a stubborn tug-of-war on the sidewalk. I tried to open his mouth but he gritted his teeth. Finally, I got him to drop the wrapper and I pulled him away. Usually I pick up litter, but I couldn’t grab the wrapper and keep Danny from it too. Danny will find the Reese’s wrapper tomorrow or the next day when I’ve forgotten all about it.
I can’t really blame Danny for not wanting to let go of the Reese’s Cup wrapper. I love Reese’s Cups too, and if I had one in my mouth, I would not easily let go either.
Eventually the snow will cover the candy wrappers or the wind will blow them away, and we can go back to non-vigilant wandering.