The Dog, The Cock, and The Fox

A dog and a cockerel, having made friends, were strolling along a road together. As evening fell, the cockerel flew up into a tree to sleep there, and the dog went to sleep at the foot of the tree, which was hollow. According to his habit, the cockerel crowed just before the daybreak. This alerted a fox nearby, who ran up to the tree and called out to the cockerel: “Do come down, sir, for I dearly wish to embrace a creature who could have such a beautiful voice as you!” The cockerel said: “I shall come down as soon as you awaken the doorkeeper who is asleep at the foot of the tree.” Then, as the fox went to look for the ‘door keeper’, the dog pounced briskly on him and tore him to pieces

Aesops’s Fables/em>

This fable teaches us that sensible men, when their enemies attack them, divert them to someone better able to defend them than they are themselves.

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6 responses to “The Dog, The Cock, and The Fox

  1. Alex Jones

    This story is true in my own experience.

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  2. This guy Aesop seems to have had a lot of problems to overcome!

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