Luke Heyman's got an excellent story up about clearing fencerows, a tree, his grandfather and the crazy business end of modern farming.
"I remember when I was little watchin’ him hang one of his huntin’ dogs over his shoulder by the choke chain because it tried to bite me. The dog hung there wriggling and stiffenin’ on his back as old Tim (he was in Vietnam) carried on a calm conversation with my dad. The dog was ok; I guess."
See also Peter Krupa's similarly themed, "Well that could have been ugly."