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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

14. The Traveler and His Dog (Perry 330)

A TRAVELER about to set out on a journey saw his Dog stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply: 'Why do you stand there gaping? Everything is ready but you, so come with me instantly.' The Dog, wagging his tail, replied: 'O, master! I am quite ready; it is you for whom I am waiting.'
The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.

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 Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.