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The Dog and its Reflection

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The Dog and its Reflection

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It happened that a Dog had gotten a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook.

As he crossed the brook, he looked down and saw his reflection in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also.

He made a snap at the reflection in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen again.

Moral: Beware lest you lose the real thing by grasping at it’s reflection.

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  1. 1 On October 8th, 2010, Bárbara said:

    Quem deseja algo alheio,às vezes termina perdendo o que conseguiu com seu próprio esforço.

  2. 2 On October 8th, 2010, Mathew said:

    Who wants something alien, sometimes end up losing what you have achieved with their own efforts.

  3. 3 On November 9th, 2010, kaleela said:

    :twisted: that tha dame dog did just to greedy

  4. 4 On January 25th, 2011, Marissa said:

    Whoever covets all, often loses all.

  5. 5 On April 14th, 2011, Anonymous said:

    It is foolish to be greedy.

  6. 6 On July 31st, 2011, ralph said:

    :???: “It is very foolish to be greedy.”

  7. 7 On August 7th, 2011, gopher said:

    He who is not thankful for what he has often loses
    what good things he had.

  8. 8 On September 12th, 2011, Mary said:

    Do not be too greedy if you have enough for yourself

  9. 9 On September 13th, 2011, 123 said:

    Do not be greedy cause something bad might happen :)

  10. 10 On October 26th, 2011, bexyy said:

    Greed only leads to the loss of something valuable

  11. 11 On November 4th, 2011, pupsing said:

    I liked that fable it is so good but that dog do bad and don’t de greedy¡¡¡¡¡

  12. 12 On November 15th, 2011, ella said:

    dont be greedy if you all ready have some.!!!

  13. 13 On December 9th, 2011, kelly said:

    being greedy is foolish :P

  14. 14 On December 15th, 2011, karan doshi of 12 a shivkrupa e oldnagar das road andheri east mumbai india said:

    we should not be greedy. we should be satisfied with what we want and not ask for more or go to take more.

  15. 15 On December 19th, 2011, jen said:

    no moral here, go for it dawg! sometimes we win, sometimes we lose.

  16. 16 On January 1st, 2012, ehab hossam said:

    one shouldn’t think of far away things, not to lose what they really have

  17. 17 On February 25th, 2012, jenny said:

    never be greedy

  18. 18 On March 29th, 2012, cleopatra said:

    if you have enough share the rest you’ll feel good about what you did sooner or later

  19. 19 On March 29th, 2012, nemi said:

    he is given whats enough for him

  20. 20 On May 1st, 2012, Anbert said:

    Being too greedy gets us nothing

  21. 21 On May 14th, 2012, You said:

    The cat is happy she got the steak….

  22. 22 On September 11th, 2012, Vanessa said:

    Be happy with what u have

  23. 23 On October 21st, 2012, Mekiah said:

    Be happy of what is there

  24. 24 On November 27th, 2012, Your Momma said:

    Greed gets you nothing

  25. 25 On February 11th, 2013, ATC said:

    If you want everything, you’ll get nothing.

  26. 26 On February 23rd, 2013, skye said:

    go for it dog

  27. 27 On March 10th, 2013, Michelin said:

    Greedy for nothing. That’s your choice. Choose what?

  28. 28 On August 2nd, 2013, kingbry said:

    Avoid wanting too much for yourself.
    Learn to be thankful for what you have.

  29. 29 On October 15th, 2013, Mr Bubbles said:

    Don’t trust reflections. They steal your meat.

  30. 30 On November 7th, 2013, Anonymous said:

    never be greedy

  31. 31 On December 4th, 2013, Jennifer said:

    (1) When the object you pursue reflects what you already have, chances are that you don’t really need it. ]

    (2) When you perceive something belongs to someone else and you set out to take it, you’re in the act of stealing. When you steal from someone else, just as with any other act of malice, you do it also to yourself.

  32. 32 On March 26th, 2014, Joe said:

    It is not simply about greed. You have what you need, but you seem to have the opportunity to get something more and impulsively try for it (“what could go wrong?”). In the process you lose what you already have. Could this be the price of uncontrolled lust? Is this a reflection on the nature of the animal in all of us? The beauty of the story is that we can apply it to so many life situations. Alas, do we learn? I may never.

  33. 33 On May 7th, 2014, Me C19 said:

    It’s something like “if your to greedy you’ll lose what you already have.”

  34. 34 On January 29th, 2015, Ezra Bridger said:

    Water is Deceiving.

  35. 35 On November 16th, 2015, Naveah said:

    You should not be greedy for it is very wrong.☺

  36. 36 On February 3rd, 2016, THE GREEDY DOG said:


  37. 37 On February 8th, 2016, ,kien james guizona said:

    Be Grateful for What You Have

  38. 38 On January 11th, 2020, Fabrizzio said:

    Don’t look down as you cross the bridge. Fear can turn into greediness.

  39. 39 On February 13th, 2020, Bhuvan said:

    Be grateful for what we have

  40. 40 On April 20th, 2021, Jskek said:

    If you are greedy you may loose everything

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