Old dog

A friend sent me this little story…I think it could have been shorter (e.g., why does the dog have to have a name?…Superfluous bit of information, in my view) and I am not sure I entirely agree with the moral, but, at any rate, it’s an enjoyable read!

A wealthy old gentleman decides to go on a hunting safari in Africa, taking his faithful, elderly dog named Killer along for the company.  

One day the old dog starts chasing rabbits and, before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old dog thinks, “Uh oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!” Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old dog exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder, if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, terrified, and he slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard, “That was close! That old dog nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old dog sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”  

Now the old dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?,” but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old dog says…

“Where’s that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!”

Moral of this story: don’t mess with old dogs… age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! Brilliance only comes with age and experience.

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