The Dog, the Cock and the Fox
Two great friends, a Dog and a Cock, decided to go on a trip together one day. They walked through thickets and vine, past meadows and over streams and finally settled down in a thick wood for the night to have their rest.
“I think I will sleep in the cozy hollow of this tree trunk tonight,” said the Dog. The Cock chose to perch on one of the branches and before long both friends were asleep.
Soon it was morning, the sun rose and the Cock started crowing loudly, as he did each dawn. COCK-A-DOODLE-DOOOO!
Nearby in the thickets was a hungry Fox whose ears pricked up when he heard the sound of the Cock crowing. “Ah breakfast!” thought the Fox as he ran to the tree, plotting how he could catch the Cock.
Using his sweetest tone, the Fox said to the Cock from below, “Excuse me sir, I heard a beautiful song from this tree a little while ago. I would be delighted to meet the owner of so exquisite a voice.”
The Cock, aware of his cunning ways, decided to outsmart him. He remembered the faithfulness and strength of his friend, the Dog, and replied, “Could you please first wake up my porter in the hollow here below? He will open the door and let you in.”
Eagerly the Fox went to the hollow, only to find the Dog there, who made him run for his life.
Do not be taken in by flattery
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