The Dog in the Manger
One afternoon, a dog found his way into the shed of some Oxen. “Here’s a manger full of straw where I can take a cosy nap!” he declared, and curled up to go to sleep.
Soon an Ox returned to eat of the hay and woke up the Dog. Annoyed at being disturbed, the Dog started barking loudly. As more of the Oxen entered the shed, he snapped his teeth and growled. He then barked even louder when they came forward to get at the straw.
The Oxen moved away in disgust. "What a selfish Dog!" said one of them to his companions. “He cannot eat the hay himself and yet refuses to allow those who can to eat!”
People often grudge others what they cannot have themselves.
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