... and nearly gets herself killed in the process.
You see, my gate has a hideously stiff lock - so much so that once the slider has been put fully across, it requires some effort to shift it. This is a good thing. The problem is that because it is so difficult, it's easy to be tempted to stop pushing at it as soon as the slider 'catches'. Trouble is, if it's windy (like today) the just-caught lock can work loose and another blast will swing the gate open!
So, as you've no doubt guessed, Miss Amber took advantage of this and was off and away. It took me a few minutes to realise - I'd glanced at the gate and registered that it was closed, but didn't check the lock ... when I did, I quickly dumped Holly and Alanna in their respective crates/pens and RAN. I live next to two major roads.... Thankfully, thankfully!! Amber chose to go left instead of right, or she would definitely have been a goner. At that time this particular road is not too bad. People in the street guessed from my mad hair, dressing gown, and tears that I was looking for her and helpfully pointed me down the street. I saw her on the opposite side of the road sniffing around a bin (little scavenger) and freaked in case she saw me and tried to run... so (can't believe I did this) I shouted for the traffic to stop and it did. Ran across and picked her up and went home, shaking all the way.
She's fine. I'm still a bit shocked and prone to the odd tear.
That gate is going to be triple checked in future!