Often times rural life exists on the border between civilization and the wild. It is a place of depredation and daily survival. And a place where life is precious. For more than a century, our culture has shifted towards an urban society. City folks don’t always have the stomach for the reality of country living. What happens in and around the woods can be harsh. That is why we keep a certain breed of gritty farm dogs. These dogs are comfortable in the world of man, but also know the ways of the woodlands. They are a proven breed, who can push the wildlings back from the farm and into the hills and trees. The following story is about a real farm dog and real events. It is not a story for the young or for the squeamish.