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The Donkey and the Lapdog

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The Donkey and the Lapdog

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A man had an Donkey, and a Maltese Lapdog, a very great beauty. The Donkey was left in a stable and had plenty of oats and hay to eat, just as any other Donkey would. The Lapdog knew many tricks and was a great favorite with his master, who often played games with him and seldom went out to dine without bringing him home something special to eat.

The Donkey had much work to do in grinding the corn-mill and in carrying wood from the forest or burdens from the farm. He often lamented his own hard fate and contrasted it with the luxury and idleness of the Lapdog. One day the Donkey broke his cords and halter, and galloped into his master’s house, kicking up his heels and frisking and fawning as well as he could.

The Donkey next tried to jump about his master as he had seen the Lapdog do, but he broke the table and smashed all the dishes upon it to tiny bits. He then attempted to lick his master, and jumped upon his back.

The servants, hearing the strange commotion and perceiving the danger of their master, attacked the Donkey and drove him out to his stable with kicks and clubs and cuffs.

The Donkey, as he returned to his stall beaten nearly to death, lamented: “I have brought it all on myself! Why could I not have been contented to labor with my companions, and not wish to be idle all the day like that useless little Lapdog!”

Moral: Be content with what your own talents.

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  1. 1 On November 23rd, 2008, fablelover said:

    Be happy with what you have.

  2. 2 On May 22nd, 2009, You are you don't try to be something your not said:


  3. 3 On September 2nd, 2009, Marie-Anne said:

    Things aren’t always what they seem!

  4. 4 On October 31st, 2009, Ac said:

    jumping on people never works!

  5. 5 On January 15th, 2010, hdfhdhfhdfh said:

    be your self

  6. 6 On January 15th, 2010, hdfhdhfhdfh said:

    whats right for the other is wrong for another :twisted:

  7. 7 On January 16th, 2010, Anonymous said:


  8. 8 On April 15th, 2010, cara-jane said:

    :roll: :smile: be happy what you get in life lol

  9. 9 On November 5th, 2010, Xtine said:

    Trying to completely imitate someone else not only will look clumsy on you, it just won’t work.

  10. 10 On February 12th, 2011, Rave Girl said:

    Think before you do! :mrgreen:

  11. 11 On February 16th, 2011, Anonymous said:

    On February15,2011,Max said
    Dont wait until it’s to late

  12. 12 On March 30th, 2011, Bob said:

    ahahahaha. CHICKEN! :grin:

  13. 13 On April 8th, 2011, The Real Slim Shady said:

    dogz r cooler than donkes

  14. 14 On April 29th, 2011, karen said:

    treat everyone fairly!

  15. 15 On May 20th, 2011, Hansel said:

    Be happy with your talents. :razz:

  16. 16 On May 24th, 2011, never tell you said:

    people will like you for who you are anad not who you pretend to be

  17. 17 On August 6th, 2011, Mommy Dearest said:

    Running in the house will get you beaten.

  18. 18 On October 21st, 2011, Deep said:

    There is a very deep moral in it. It shows the injustice that still prevails in today’s society. The hardworking many who have to earn what they get, and those lazy few who do no work and get all they want, because of their looks and beauty. And when the hardworking donkey aspires to the same fate, i.e. get as good food and shelter, because after all, he deserves this more than the lapdog, he gets beaten up.

  19. 19 On November 12th, 2011, Anonymous said:

    be greatful with what you’ve got!

  20. 20 On November 17th, 2011, no said:

    jumping on people will get you beaten in the kitchen!

  21. 21 On April 24th, 2012, egii said:

    Don’t be envious with others

  22. 22 On May 7th, 2012, gswk said:

    jumping on peeps will get you beaten up

  23. 23 On July 25th, 2012, Anonymous said:

    life is unfair.

  24. 24 On May 29th, 2013, donkey said:

    talent is required

  25. 25 On January 14th, 2014, Jamiyah Mack said:

    Be your self
    And never give up

  26. 26 On January 14th, 2014, D'CORIAN said:

    I think this story is fun

  27. 27 On January 14th, 2014, D'CORIAN said:

    I read this story 10 times

  28. 28 On January 14th, 2014, Dylan said:

    The donkey learned a lapdog is not like a donkey

  29. 29 On January 14th, 2014, Donkey lap dog said:

    U learn from what u do

  30. 30 On January 14th, 2014, Cameron said:

    Be who you are and your just fine

  31. 31 On January 14th, 2014, Hailey Black said:

    You should stop trying to be other people . Be happy with who you are. :)

  32. 32 On January 15th, 2014, D'CORIAN said:

    Don’t give up

  33. 33 On January 16th, 2014, Hailey Black said:

    Be yourself. :) ;)

  34. 34 On June 2nd, 2015, hardworking said:

    in every minute hardworking is required

  35. 35 On November 12th, 2015, Jaime said:

    “One day lap-donkeys will be all the rage!”

  36. 36 On March 29th, 2016, felicia said:

    be content with what you have

  37. 37 On March 30th, 2016, nikki said:

    the moral of the story is do not compare yourself to others or things could turn out bad:(

  38. 38 On March 30th, 2016, nikki said:

    honey you can never be the favorite face the truth donkey so get over yourself would are a grown is un fair

  39. 39 On April 7th, 2016, Work hard said:

    Be content with who you are

  40. 40 On May 25th, 2020, Mrs. Moral said:

    being yourself will only benefit you more instead of you acting like others.

  41. 41 On April 18th, 2022, Dolly said:

    jump on a person and u die. WHO ELSE IS THINKIN BOUT ROBLOX?????. lmao

  42. 42 On August 1st, 2022, Varg said:

    Should have run away instead of trying to suck up to your “master”.

  43. 43 On August 18th, 2022, Gareth said:

    If you are a donkey take elecution/posture lessons before trying to be cute.

    Alternately, don’t try and compete with others, get rid of them first so you’re needed more.

  44. 44 On December 1st, 2022, Pallavi Joshi said:

    Do Not Compare Yourself

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