JJ - I always enjoy reading stories about your loving roo and his sweet girl. Have you thought about or tried the electric poultry fencing? You might be able to set up a temporary fenced area around where you are working outside and the birds could be with you. The electric should give you enough time to gather the duo up, should a dog test the fence. When you are done outside, the fence can be folded up and put away. (I *think* I have never actually used it) Maybe invite this nice neighbor down to meet the birds and then talk about her questions?