Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BUTCHER AND THE DOG
A dog went into a butcher's shop and stole the heart of some animal. The butcher
turned around and said to him, 'You haven't stolen my heart; indeed, I have
taken heart from this lesson! So if you ever come back in here again, I will
give you the reward you deserve for this act of robbery!'
This fable shows that someone can be induced by experience to learn his
lesson and be on his guard.
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.
Perry 254: Gibbs (Oxford) 598 [English]
Perry 254: L'Estrange 59 [English]
Perry 254: Chambry 183 [Greek]
Perry 254: Syntipas 33 [Greek]
You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his
edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library
(Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested
in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.