So here's my funny little tale. I have a beagle named Oddie whose about 12 years old now at least. She's survived near death three times in her life (an abusive first owner that nearly starved her to death as a puppy, an encounter with an evil neighbor kid that robbed her of over half of her tail, and an accidental encounter with another neighbor's rat poison). Needless to say I have tried to spoil her into her old age and she acts like a retired little old lady. Well this morning I was letting my flock of three out of the coop and into their run. My newest addition (a gorgeous gray Americana Rooster) decided he wanted to make a run for it. I start after him like someone in a Three Stooges flick but can't manage to get a hold of him. Suddenly here comes my little old lady, running like a racehorse. She gets in front of the Roo and cuts him off right before he could get to the road, guiding him back into my arms. She just sits there looking up at me and smiling as I put him into the chicken run. She has never shown any interest in chickens before, in fact my hens will flock around her when I let them graze in the mornings. She won't even look at them, just lay in the sun and nap as they scratch around her. I never dreamed that she would leap into action at the moment I needed her most, let alone do something that I have never trained her to do. Goes to show you that an old dog can still learn new tricks.