Banjo got out tonight. I went out for a few hours. Might have been the first time I left her at night since I got her. I left her inside, but with the backdoor open.
Left at 7 and when I pulled up on the driveway at midnight, I noticed the latch of the gate hanging down. When I opened my door, there was Banjo. Very wet - it was raining on and off all night - and her feet were black from mud. But the creepiest thing, she had dragged a couple of large size sneakers over from who knows where. One was in the front yard near the driveway, the other was right at the front door.
I didn't quite know how to react to the dog. So I decided to mostly ingnore her. Though I did have to wipe her legs and dry her a bit before I allowed her onto the bed.
I think in the future I will close the backdoor when I go out at night. I don't go out often, but hopefully she will learn to just sleep when I'm gone.