Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
116. THE MOTHER DOG AND HER PUPPIES
Perry 480 (Phaedrus
There is danger lurking in the words of a wicked person, which the
following story warns us to avoid.
A dog who was about to give birth to puppies asked another dog if she
could deliver the litter in her kennel. The owner of the kennel agreed.
Later on, when the owner asked for her house back, the mother dog begged
her to let her stay just a little while longer, until her puppies were
strong enough to follow her. When this new deadline had passed, the owner
of the kennel began to assert her claim more forcefully, but the mother
dog retorted, 'If you think you are a match for me and all my brood, then
come and get it!'
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.