This morning I took Rex and Sofie (the "brother and sister" staying with me while their person is in Scotland) out first, but they complained pitifully when I brought them back and took Penny and Gloria out. How could I leave them alone in the house?!
Turned out it wasn't the walking I needed to worry about. All four of them launched out through the front screen door while I was in the kitchen! I assume Rex was the instigator, since he always gets excited about whatever's going on outside, but had never before discovered that he could let himself out.
By the time I could get sandals on and get outside, really just a few seconds, their barks were receding in the distance. I called all four of them, and then thought to try "Rex! Wanna go for a ride?" He came running, and the other three followed. I got Rex, Sofie, and Gloria hooked to leashes, since I was most worried about them, and while I did so, Penny got distracted as a cat ran by, and took off after it. She didn't come back when I called, so I got the other three in the house (and shut the door!) and walked up the hill she'd vanished up.
I decided to drive around the neighborhood for a few. I got up to the park, then partway up Snyder Hill, since that was the general direction she was heading and I thought she might recognize it as the route to Gloria and Molly's house. (Never mind that Gloria's at our house this weekend.) I kept calling out the windows to see if she'd come running.
No luck, so I came back to the house and started walking along our route. I soon saw her trotting from a neighbor's yard across the street to another neighbor's, from a block away. I called to her, went at an angle rather than straight towards her, and sat down on the corner. She came over, and I got her back on the leash.
We're all now at home, Penny's got some dirt smudges on her face, and I'm drinking a beer!