It’s still cold and dreary out, and even though you’ve settled in for the evening, you dog still needs to go out one last time. Evening in this part of the year means darkness at a very early time, so it should only make sense that you have some form of illumination with you out on your frigid stroll with Fido. You could always bring your phone as a light, but when you need to pick up what your dog leaves behind, keep your dog from running off, and be putting light where it needs to be, you find that you are often one hand short.
Combination gadgets like the Illuminating Pet Leash make life much easier. It is a retractable leash that comes with a mounted flashlight, and a compartment for storing waste bags. You will need a trio of AAA batteries and $40, but that is a small price to pay for the convenience that it gives you.