It's so good that Missy followed, but a lot of it was just dumb luck. *If* the cat had run across the street, the pups probably would have followed. Etc.
And, as you say, had you not gone out right then...!!
Nope, not acceptable at all. I'm glad that Dh had the idea to use a spring closer.
Whew, I'm stressed just thinking about it. I can only imagine how stressful it was for you to live it.
Love All Life, Thank You For Posting! :)