THE WOLF AND THE SLEEPING DOG
A dog was sleeping in front of the barn when a wolf noticed him lying there.
The wolf was ready to devour the dog, but the dog begged the wolf to let him
go for the time being. 'At the moment I am thin and scrawny,' said the dog,
'but my owners are about to celebrate a wedding, so if you let me go now, I'll
get fattened up and you can make a meal of me later on.' The wolf trusted the
dog and let him go. When he came back a few days later, he saw the dog sleeping
on the roof. The wolf shouted to the dog, reminding him of their agreement,
but the dog simply said, 'Wolf, if you ever catch me sleeping in front of the
barn again, don't wait for a wedding!'
The same is true of intelligent people: when they escape from some threatening
situation, they are on guard in the future.