A few weeks ago my husband replaced the actual latch and removed the bungee cord. I haven't been truly comfortable with the new gate latch - it feels like it's too easy to open and we have lots of smart animals here. I was worried Bear Corgi might learn to stand up on his hind legs and somehow push the latch up and let he and Kyra out.
I think my husband and daughter have felt I was being overly cautious but this weekend we learned that, in fact, the gate latch is not secure.
And it's not because of the Corgis.
Keil Bay was spotted coming to the gate, putting his head over, and lifting the latch to let himself and Cody into the back yard. Where there is lush grass and the garden and - us.
And since he didn't see fit to close the gate behind him, the bungee cord is back.