The Dog and The Shadow

A dog carrying food crossed a bridge and sees its reflection. Wanting the reflection’s food the dog drops his. Ooops. If you covet all, you may lose all.

The Ass and The Lapdog

An Ass sees a lap Dog fawned over and decides to sit on the master’s lap like the Dog. Bad move as the Ass quickly finds out. Clumsy jesting is no joke.

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse

A Town and Country Mouse visited each other. The Town Mouse was fed basic food at leisure; the Country Mouse had to run away from fine food. He ran home. Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

The Fox and The Cat

Better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon. A cat goes up a tree and gets away while a fox is caught trying to figure out what to do. Better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon.

The Dog and The Wolf

A Dog offered to help a Wolf get regular feed from his Master. The Wolf listened but saw a bald spot on Dog’s neck where the collar sat. Goodbye said Wolf. Better starve free than be a fat slave.

The Mischievous Dog

A bad dog was given a collar so people could be warned at his approach. The dog thought it a good thing and was proud of it. He was wrong. Notoriety should not be mistaken for fame.

The Dog and The Cook

A Dog invited another to the feast. The visiting Dog was found among the food by the cook who threw him out. To save face, visitor said he was drunk. Some respect is due the servant for the sake of the master.

The Mountebank and His Dog

A Mountebank traveled the country showing his Dog doing tricks. Epictetus praised these actions as it showed the excellence of learning. Good education is of infinite importance.

The Unlucky Dog

A starving Dog took a piece of meat. The owner called “mad dog” after it and the crowds killed it out of ignorance. Make the punishment fit the crime.

The Dog and His Master’s Dinner

A Dog carried master’s supper. Other dogs wanted some and one day Dog stopped to argue. Mistake, but Dog did get away with largest piece. Do not stop to argue with temptation.