The Mischievous Dog
From Aesop's Fables
A dog used to run up quietly to those he met and surprise them by biting and snapping at their heels. This seriously annoyed the villagers, who complained to the dog's master.
Finally, the master of this mischievous dog began to hang a bell about the dog's neck, or sometimes a chain attached to a heavy clog, so that people could hear the dog coming.
The dog grew proud of his bell and clog and went with them all over the market-place.
One day, an old hound finally said to him: "Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell and clog that you carry are not, believe me, orders of merit; on the contrary, they are marks of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill-mannered dog!"
Moral of The Mischievous Dog: Those who achieve notoriety often mistake it for fame.
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Another moral fable involving a dog is The Dog and The Shadow which instills a good lesson on what can happen when you are greedy.
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