A Gardener and His Dog

 A Dog dropped into a well. When the Master reached in to get the Dog he thought the Master meant to push him further in. Stupid Dog.

Benefits are refused by those who don’t understand them.

JBR CollectionJBR Collection

A Gardener’s Dog, frisking about the brink of a well in the garden, happened to fall in. The Gardener very readily ran to his assistance, but as he was trying to help him out, the Cur bit him by the hand. The Man, annoyed at what he considered such ungrateful behaviour towards one whose only aim was to save his life, came away and left the Dog to drown.

L'Estrange VersionL’Estrange version

A gard’ner’s dog dropt into a well, and his master let himself down to help him out again. He reach’d forth his hand to take hold of the dog, and the curr snapt him by the fingers: for he thought ’twas only to duck him deeper. The master went his way upon’t, and e’en Ieft him as he found him. Nay (says he) I’m well enough serv’d, to take so much pains for the saving of one that is resolv’d to make away himself.


Obligations and benefits are cast away upon two sorts of people; those that do not understand them, and those that are not sensible of them.

1001Olitor et Canis

Delapsum in puteum canem olitor servare et retrahere cupiens, demisit et eodem se ipse. Canis, veritus ne descendisset sibi nocendi gratia et ut suffocaret demersum, dentibus illum petebat et morsu lacerabat. Tum saucius olitor, cum dolore, “Iure mihi,” inquit, “hoc accidisse fateor. Cur enim auctorem ipsum sibi interitus ego servare volui?”

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