Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
284. (Abstemius 32) Town-Dogs and Country-Dogs.
'Tis a common thing upon the passing of a strange Dog through a Town, to have a hundred Curs bawling at his Breech, and every Yap gets a Snap at him. There was one particular Dog, that when he saw there was no saving his Skin by running away, turn'd upon his Pursuers, and then found upon the Trial, that one Set of Teeth was worth two Pair of Heels; for upon that Revolution, they all fell off, and sneak'd their way. A Captain took Occasion to apply this Instance to his People. Fellow-Soldiers (says he) take this for a Rule, Those that run away, are in more Danger than the Others that stand the Shock.
The putting up of one Affront draws on another.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.