Sigh...after being irritated for the past 2 years with my beighbors free-roaming beagle, she has finally done something good. GREAT, actually! She is very, very sweet, but thinks everyone's house is hers. Every yard is hers, etc, etc, etc. She has been following me in the garage when I feed/water the chicks ( 7 weeks old), but I haven't worried much about her getting to them since I am always in the way, and she shoos away pretty easily. Today was nice, so I took 3 of my girls outside for some fresh air, wanting to keep the numbers low so I could watch them and see what they do free-ranging for an hour. The dog came up and sniffed them. I panicked, but she just laid down and watched them. The free-roaming neighborhood cat (noticing a pattern here? ) came and was stalking the chickens from a distance. Susie, the dog, went crazy and defended my chickens! That dog won't EVER stand up to that Tomcat, and she repeatedly laid herself in front of the chickens and chased the cat off. Susie even gave me the stank eye when I tried to pick one of the chicks up! Just a GOOD story about a neghborhood dog, since I know many on here have had tragedies in that area. It was a nice surprise. Go , Susie!!