THE FOX, THE ROOSTER AND THE DOG
A dog and a rooster had become friends and were making a journey together. When
night fell, they came to a place in the woods. The rooster took his seat up
in the branches of a tree while the dog went to sleep in a hollow at the foot
of the tree. The night passed and day was dawning when the rooster crowed loudly,
as roosters usually do. A fox heard the rooster and wanted to make a meal of
him, so she came running up and stood at the foot of the tree and shouted to
the rooster, 'You are an excellent bird and so useful to people! Why don't you
come down and we'll sing some songs together, delighting in one another's company.'
The rooster replied, 'Go over to the foot of the tree, my dear, and tell the
watchman to let you in.' When the fox went to announce herself, the dog suddenly
leaped up and grabbed the fox, tearing her to pieces.
The story shows that people are the same way: if you are wise, you take
up arms to save yourself whenever you run into trouble.