A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo
safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle
named Cuddles, along for the company.
One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies
and before long, Cuddles discovers that she's lost.
Wandering about, she notices a leopard heading rapidly
in her direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep
doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close
by, she immediately settles down to chew on the bones
with her back to the approaching cat.
Just as the
leopard is about to leap, the old poodle 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, a look of terror comes over him and he
slinks away into the trees. "Whew!", says the leopard,
"That was close! That old poodle nearly
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 poodle
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 poodle sees the leopard coming with
the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to
But instead of running, the dog sits down
with her back to her attackers, pretending she hasn't
seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to
hear, the old poodle says: "Where's that damn monkey?
sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"
Moral of this story...
There are many possible morals - pick something
appropriate to the circumstances you may be enduring.
Sometimes us old poodles can defeat a strong young leopard - even when they are aligned with a treacherous monkey.
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