Most people, certainly those who come regularly like the postman, know to close it but some others need reminding. And even then they don't.
A few weeks ago a Lib Dem came round delivering questionnaires. He said he'd be passing again in about 30 minutes and if I'd had time to complete it I could just leave it stuck in the letterbox and he'd pick it up.
He went on his way - and I spent most of the next 30 minutes trying to find and tempt George to come back home.
I hurriedly completed the Any Other Comments section on the questionnaire saying, 'Please close gates behind you!'
Today another Lib Dem came to call. He left the gate open; George escaped.
So who do you think isn't going to get my vote next time around?
Incidentally it is curious that, while George still doesn't like to go out of the front gate when we go for a walk, he doesn't mind going that way on his own ...