A Spaniel was traveling with a Mastiff. Coming into a town the Mastiff growled and the people fell upon both dogs. The Spaniel complained to no avail.
You are known by the company you keep.
A good-natured Spaniel overtook a surly Mastiff as he was travelling upon the high road. Tray, although an entire stranger to Tiger, very civilly accosted him; and if it would be no intrusion, he said, he should be glad to bear him company on his way. Tiger, who happened not to be altogether in so growling a mood as usual, accepted the proposal, and they very amicably pursued their journey together. In the midst of their conversation they arrived at the next village, where Tiger began to display his malignant disposition by an unprovoked attack upon every dog he met. The villagers immediately sallied forth with great indignation to rescue their respective favourites; and falling upon our two friends without distinction or mercy, poor Tray was most cruelly treated for no other reason but his being found in bad company. Hasty and inconsiderate connections are generally attended with great disadvantages; and much of every man’s good or ill fortune depends upon the choice he makes of his friends.