Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
114. The Master and His Dogs (Perry
A CERTAIN MAN, detained by a storm in his country house, first of all
killed his sheep, and then his goats, for the maintenance of his household.
The storm still continuing, he was obliged to slaughter his yoke oxen
for food. On seeing this, his Dogs took counsel together, and said, 'It
is time for us to be off, for if the master spare not his oxen, who work
for his gain, how can we expect him to spare us?'
He is not to be trusted as a friend who mistreats his own family.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google