We love our neighbors - we all get along (well, most of us do) and we all have large property with lots of acreage, lots of livestock - horses - chickens - gardens - and whatever else comes up and begs for food (four- legged, that is) and we don't hesitate to help each other out when we need to go out of town, take a vacation, care for a sick relative, you name it. But boy does it just make life miserable when the dogs belonging to one of these really nice (shirt off their back for you) neighbors comes over and kills your birds? This happened to my neighbor. She only had 10 birds, but after careful selection for breed and sex and then building them their very own cute house with attached pen (complete with painted daisies on the door and flower boxes and newly planted roses - she went all out here for her very first time at raising chickens) - and don't forget the weeks of daily attention and brooding them through the cold weather and then months of waiting for the first eggs, *POOF* they are headless and strewn about all up and down our road from her doorstep all the way to the dogs' home and on their doorstep. The owner was sorry and offered to replace the chickens but you know that $ can't replace all of the time and effort and those specific chickens which she had made pets out of and would hop on her lap to be petted. You can't just fork over a few bucks and say 'here - go get yourself another chicken' and assume that the problem is solved. OH what a mess. She's heartbroken and ANGRY and feels like so much of her time was just a waste. I've been through it myself, but more with wildlife being the culprit and only a few times with domestic dogs. She's so disgusted that she doesn't even want to get any more birds. And after all of her fancy housing and gardening just for the hens! She really broke her back for those birds. Poor gal! Can anyone relate?