Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
292. The Dog and the Cook (Perry 328)
A RICH MAN gave a great feast, to which he invited many friends and acquaintances.
His Dog availed himself of the occasion to invite a stranger Dog, a friend
of his, saying, 'My master gives a feast, and there is always much food
remaining; come and sup with me tonight.' The Dog thus invited went at
the hour appointed, and seeing the preparations for so grand an entertainment,
said in the joy of his heart, 'How glad I am that I came! I do not often
get such a chance as this. I will take care and eat enough to last me
both today and tomorrow.' While he was congratulating himself and wagging
his tail to convey his pleasure to his friend, the Cook saw him moving
about among his dishes and, seizing him by his fore and hind paws, bundled
him without ceremony out of the window. He fell with force upon the ground
and limped away, howling dreadfully. His yelling soon attracted other
street dogs, who came up to him and inquired how he had enjoyed his supper.
He replied, 'Why, to tell you the truth, I drank so much wine that I remember
nothing. I do not know how I got out of the house.'
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