This morning I awoke with an email waiting for me from Chelsea at Hero's Pets. In big letters the subject field read, "YOU WON!!!" It seems Duncan took second place in the first annual Halloween costume contest, coming in behind a pair of ghosts which I even I had to vote for. When I broke the news to him he seemed mildly pleased but more concerned about his morning walk. After giving him some treats and praising him for finally earning his keep, I took him out for a quick walk down the street and back and then over to The Glen to play in the leaves. Perhaps it was just me, but it seemed he held his head a little higher and walked with a bit more strut in his step. And when we got home he got an extra helping of wet food mixed in with his regular food, which he always appreciates. Winnie, Pip and Olive could've cared less.