The Greedy Dog

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

ONCE there lived a dog. He was very greedy. There were many times that he had to pay for his greed. Each time the dog promised him­self, “I have learnt my les­son. Now I will never be greedy again.” But he soon for­got his prom­ises and was as greedy as ever.

One af­ter­noon, the dog was ter­ri­bly hun­gry. He de­cided to go look for some­thing to eat. Just out­side his house, there was a bridge. “I will go and look for food on the other side of the bridge. The food there is def­i­nitely bet­ter,” he thought to him­self.

He walked across the wooden bridge and started sniff­ing around for food. Sud­denly, he spot­ted a bone ly­ing at a dis­tance. “Ah, I am in luck. This looks like a de­li­cious bone,” he said.

With­out wast­ing any time, the hun­gry dog picked up the bone and was just about to eat it, when he thought, “Some­body might see here with this bone and then I will have to share it with them. So, I had bet­ter go home and eat it.” Hold­ing the bone in his mouth, he ran to­wards his house.

While cross­ing the wooden bridge, the dog looked down into the river. There he saw his own re­flec­tion. The fool­ish dog mis­took it for an­other dog. “There is an­other dog in the water with bone in its mouth,” he thought. Greedy, as he was, he thought, “How nice it would be to snatch that piece of bone as well. Then, I will have two bones.”

So, the greedy dog looked at his re­flec­tion and growled. The re­flec­tion growled back, too. This made the dog an­gry. He looked down at his re­flec­tion and barked, “Woof! Woof!” As he opened his mouth, the bone in his mouth fell into the river. It was only when the water splashed that the greedy dog re­alised that what he had seen was noth­ing but his own re­flec­tion and not an­other dog. But it was too late. He had lost the piece of bone be­cause of his greed. Now he had to go hun­gry.

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