Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
267. THE DOG IN WINTER AND SUMMER
Perry 449 (Plutarch,
Banquet of the Seven Sages 14.157b)
It was winter time and the dog was lying all curled up in a ball because
of the cold. This made him think about building a house, but when summer
came, he was once again able to sleep stretched out at full length. In
fact, the dog was so impressed by his own size that he decided not to
build himself a house after all, seeing as it would be no small job to
make a house big enough to fit him.
Note: This same fable is found in Rumi,
Mathnawi 3.2885 ff.
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.