Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
409. THE CIRCUS DOG AND THE STREET DOGS
Perry 329 (Chambry
A dog who was being trained to fight in the public games snapped the
collar around his neck and went dashing through the streets. The street
dogs could tell that this fellow had been living the good life since he
was as stout as a bull, so they asked him why he was running away. The
runaway replied, 'It's true that I have been enjoying an abundance of
food and living a comfortable life, but I am also forced to fight with
lions and bears, risking my life in the arena.' The other dogs then said
to one another, 'Our poor life must be very fine, because we don't have
to fight with lions and bears!'
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.