It all started this evening... I was on the patio after just taking my dog for a walk. Mom was outside sitting in the chair enjoying the evening, we just got her home from the hospital. Dad was around just inside the garage, trying to work the mower. All of a sudden I see a white streak heading RIGHT FOR US! We rarley have any stray dogs (we have four acres), and when we do see a loose dog, it's usually the neighbor's rottweiler and he doesn't leave his yard. Well, today is different. Here comes this white bullet- and all I can think of is "GRAB THAT ROOSTER!" Thank GOD he is such a love - he came right over and I snatched him up and headed for the garage, all the while SCREAMING at my dad to grab my dog. So dad grabs Diesel, I've got the rooster, and the white bullet is closing in. I get ahold of mom's arm with one hand, roo in the other, and we all rush into the garage. We close the door and leave mom, Diesel Dog, and Roo Chicken in the garage, and dad and I head out to see whats up. Turns out it is a white boxer that I've never seen before. Her owner (whom I've also never seen before) is right behing her, trying to catch her, but she thinks it's a game to run each time he gets close. I got some hot dogs and water and we eventually caught her, and her and the owner drive off into the sunset. She was sweet, and probably would have never hurt my mom, but at the time we didn't know. The only reason we put Diesel away was to protect him from trying to defend his own territory. He's 100 pounds and could have held his own- but we didn't want him to attack the dog and get introuble. My roo, on the other hand, probably would have been toast! This is a HUGE wake-up call. I never used to put him in his run while we were inside (before I read about lickskillet's ordeal) and I have truley been lucky. Her story made me realize the importance of "locking him up"- even if it makes him a bit unhappy - and this incident really hit it home. Who knows what would have happened had we all been inside! This could have turned into a tragedy, but I was so much luckier than jjthink and lickskillet- BTW ladies, I'm still shooting extra prayers your way! I am so glad I learned my lesson THIS WAY instead of the HARD WAY. Edited for spelling, and it's still probably not right!